NY paramedic, 37, dies unexpectedly

Kevin A. Przybyl, who had cystic fibrosis, was always interested in pursuing a career in public safety


Editor’s Note:

"Breath Easy Kevin" is a touching remembrance of paramedic Kevin A. Przybyl as a mentor and friend to Bob Sullivan, an EMS1 columnist. 

By EMS1 Staff

LANCASTER, N.Y. — A young paramedic died unexpectedly this week. 

Kevin A. Przybyl, 37, who had cystic fibrosis, was always interested in pursuing a career in EMS. He joined the Boy Scouts EMS Explorer program when he was 14, and became an EMT four years later. 

Kevin A. Przybyl. (Photo/Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Company)
Kevin A. Przybyl. (Photo/Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Company)

Przybyl served as a paramedic for Twin City Ambulance Service and was a dispatcher for the West Seneca Police Department. He was also a volunteer firefighter and EMS chief for the Union Fire Company and Lancaster ambulance corps, reported the Buffalo News. 

He moved to Florida in 2005 for health reasons. While there, he founded the Kevin A. Przybyl Breathe Easy Foundation, which helped cystic fibrosis patients pay for lung transplants. Przybyl received a double lung transplant in 2013.

After moving back to New York in 2015, he served as a firefighter-EMT for the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Company and an EMT for MercyFlight.

He leaves behind a wife and son. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday. 

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a member of our Mercy Flight family. Kevin A. Przybyl, EMT,...

Posted by Mercy Flight WNY on 14hb Februari 2017

 

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