Brian Hamacher

Hallandale Beach Firefighter Fighting for His Life After Collapsing at Work

A Hallandale Beach firefighter paramedic is fighting for his life after suddenly collapsing at work from a cardiac arrhythmia.

Erik "The Hulk" Conde was nearing the end of his shift at Hallandale Beach Fire Rescue Thursday when he suddenly collapsed onto the floor of the station, his heart not pumping and his body not breathing.

His crew was able to get his heart re-started but he never regained consciousness and remains in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Aventura Medical Center.

"The diagnosis is that Erik’s lungs were somehow injured, probably from an infection he’d been harboring as many of the patients we come in contact with are fighting an illness of one kind or another," fire rescue officials said in a statement.

Conde, who has a wife and three children, has a long and potentially costly road to recovery, and a GoFundMe has been started to help pay for his medical expenses.

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