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Donors help replenish blood bank in name of firefighter

On Christmas Eve, Kunkletown fireman Kyle Frable was enjoying a church service when he was called away to fight a house fire.

As a 30-year seasoned veteran firefighter, Frable didn’t hesitate to leave the church service and go fight the fire.

But as he fought the fire just as he had so many other times, something went horribly wrong. Somehow the hose double backed around him, violently throwing him to the ground and smashing his pelvis.

While in the hospital, Frable had a heart attack that required many pints of blood. On Monday, the Kunkletown Fire Company held a blood drive with Miller-Keystone Blood Center at the firehouse to replace the blood their injured comrade needed when he suffered cardiac arrest.

“We know there is a great need for blood as well as platelets and we encourage everyone that can be a donor to step up,” said Kunkletown’s Fire Chief Brian Stankovich.

If you were not able to donate blood and platelets for Frable, you can go to the blood bank and while filling out the paperwork put this Group ID number 8911 under the notes section. That way it will go toward replacing the blood used by Kyle Frable, according to Stankovich.

The blood drive had 40 people donate blood on Monday.

Miller-Keystone technician Bill Rap keeps watch on blood donor Jody McCloud Missmer. She said she donated blood because growing up she went to school and lived in the same neighborhood as Kyle Frable.
Miller-Keystone blood mobile spent the day at the Kunkletown Fire Company. AMY LEAP/TIMES NEWS
Fire Chief Brian Stankovich wants anyone who would like to donate for Kyle Frable's medical bills to go to the Kunkletown Fire Company's GoFundMe page.