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Klamath County firefighters honor Sky Lakes nurse who passed away

Local nurse Erika Cox was married to a Klamath County Fire District 1 firefighter.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 12:23 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2020 2:35 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls community is mourning a Sky Lakes nurse and firefighter's wife who recently passed away due to a brain aneurysm, Klamath County Fire District 1 posted on Wednesday.

"It is with saddened hearts that we share the passing of one of our Fire District family members," the agency said. "Erika Cox, wife to Firefighter Zack Cox passed away at Saint Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon due to a brain aneurysm."

According to KCFD1, Cox chose to be an organ donor, and her husband told the fire district that she is currently the "only donor on the entire west coast," possibly the only available heart donor in the country.

"Zack and family are donating everything that they can and she will be helping no less than 5 other people," KCFD1 said. "What a gift they have chosen."

Cox reportedly worked as a nurse at Sky Lakes Medical Center. In honor of her and her family, KCFD1 said, both Sky Lakes and Saint Charles Medical Center in Bend planned to host an honor walk outside.

"She is a true hero," KCFD1 said. "Please keep Zack and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

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