A paramedic from the Airdrie area reacts to his own daughter’s fatal collision

For a GoFundMe to support the Ericksons during their bereavement and funeral expenses visit gofundme.com/f/the-erickson-family.

A paramedic from the Airdrie area is mourning the loss of her teenage daughter after responding to the motor vehicle collision that killed the 17-year-old last week.

On November 15, Airdrie Rural RCMP and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews responded to a head-on collision between two vehicles at the intersection of Big Hill Springs Road and Range Road 24 west of Airdrie.

According to a press release from the command, a vehicle was occupied by two female youths. The driver was transported by EMS to a hospital in Calgary in a stable condition, while the passenger was transported to a hospital in Calgary by STARS air ambulance in a life-threatening condition. The driver of the second car suffered minor injuries.

At the time of writing, a cause for the collision had not been determined and was still under investigation.

Five days after the incident, local paramedic Jayme Erickson said via social media that she was among the first responders responding to the collision. In a heartbreaking post, she revealed that she later found out the girl critically injured in the collision was her own 17-year-old daughter, Montana. In the tragic update, Erickson revealed that Montana succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.

“My worst nightmare as a paramedic has come true,” she said in the post, which a family spokesman was allowed to quote to the media.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep unimaginable sadness that I write this to inform my friends and family of the sudden and horrible loss of my daughter Montana. We are overwhelmed with grief and absolutely exhausted. The pain I’m feeling is like no pain I’ve ever felt, it’s indescribable.”

Erickson’s post recounted the incident on November 15, when she and her partner were sent to collide. She said she tended to the critically injured patient and did what she could to help her while firefighters extricated her from the vehicle.

“The STARS air ambulance took over patient care as soon as we got the patient out and flown to her [Foothills Medical Centre]”, Erickson said. “My shift was over and I went home.”

But minutes after arriving home, Erickson said her doorbell rang and her “life was changed forever” when RCMP officers told her her daughter had been in an accident. To her horror, she quickly discovered that the incident she had just responded to involved Montana.

“The critically injured patient I was tending to was my own flesh and blood,” Erickson said. “My only child. My mini me. My daughter Montana. Her injuries were so terrible I didn’t even recognize them.”

According to Erickson, she was taken to Foothills Medical Center to see her daughter, where she was told Montana’s injuries were “incompatible with life.”

“I can’t help but be angry for the short time I’ve had with her,” Erickson wrote. “[Seventeen] Years weren’t long enough. While I’m grateful for the 17 years I’ve had with her, I’m shocked and amazed. What would you have become my little girl? who would you have been I’ll never see you graduate and walk the stage, I’ll never see you get married, I’ll never know who you would have been.”

According to previous AirdrieToday coverage, Montana Dobry was a competitive swimmer who lived between Airdrie and Balzac. She was a member of the Airdrie-based Nose Creek Swim Association (NCSA) and competed in the 2019 junior national swimming championships. At that meeting, her coaches called her an aspiring athlete.

For a GoFundMe to support the Ericksons during their bereavement and funeral expenses visit gofundme.com/f/the-erickson-family. At the time of writing, the campaign had raised $35,900 out of its $40,000 target.

“This family has collectively served as Advanced Care EMTs for nearly 30 years,” the site said. “They are selfless, kind and so loving! As Sean and Jayme begin to rebuild life without their beloved daughter, we want to be there to help and alleviate any financial stress you can imagine.

“These are going to be tough times, and we want her future to be free of financial hardship — whether it’s taking time to heal, building her beloved farm, or living on Montana’s legacy and letting it fall back years.” This is an endless healing journey.”