BOONSBORO - Bradley Windsor Johnson, a 30-year-old Boonsboro High School graduate, died last week in Virginia Beach, Va., from an apparent allergic reaction to fire ants.
Johnson graduated from high school in 1994 and left the area shortly after, said his brother, Kyle Johnson, also of Virginia Beach.
Bradley Johnson served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and his brother said he was honorably discharged.
Bradley Johnson was working on a home Thursday when he called emergency dispatchers to say he had been stung by fire ants and was highly allergic, according to reports in The Virginian-Pilot. Emergency medical services officials there said they administered epinephrine to Johnson, but he died soon after arriving at a local hospital.
"I want everyone ... to know that (my brother) watched over me better than anyone ever could have watched over me," Kyle Johnson said. "I was there with him at his last moments."