NAMPA, Idaho -

 A former deputy at the Canyon County jail has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in federal court contending an on-the-job injury led to his firing.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports in a story on Friday that Kyle Jackson filed the lawsuit against Canyon County in November in U.S. District Court in Boise.

He's seeking monetary damages, medical expenses, and compensation for physical pain and emotional distress.

The complaint says Jackson worked at the jail from 2005 to 2012.

Jackson says he injured his knee in 2009 while trying to rescue a suicidal inmate, and underwent several knee operations. He was put on light duty status.

Jackson says in August 2012 he received a termination notice stating the jail needed an employee capable of performing jail duties.

County officials declined to comment.