Minnesota Firefighter Killed while storm spotting

May 19, 2020
Eastern KS
MN Firefighter Dies on Storm Spotter Duty | Firehouse

A Blomkest firefighter was killed Thursday night after a grain bin fell collapsed while he was working in the role of a storm spotter.

Ryan Erickson, 63, was killed when the high winds collapsed the grain bin on his car.

"He was very committed to the fire department, and they do a lot for the city because they save lives," Blomkest City Clerk Barb Gilberts told the Star Tribune.

Erickson joined the fire department when he was 18, and served as fire chief for several years.

He was also a board member of the Kandiyohi Cooperative Board and had served on the township board in the

According to the newspaper, there were two confirmed touchdowns in Minnesota, along with damage from straight-line winds.
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