Kevin Przybyl

Former EMT with Mercy Flight and the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association

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Kevin was strong-willed, brave and inspiring throughout his 37 years.  He was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth and never let his illness stop him from living his life and pursuing his dreams.  At a young age, Kevin knew he wanted to be a firefighter and EMT.  At 19, he became one of the youngest Paramedics in NYS.   He also volunteered as a firefighter and worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher.   

In 2005, after getting married, Kevin and his wife, Michele, moved to Florida in seek of job opportunities and better weather.  Kevin not only started his own fishing guide business but also began a non-profit organization called the Kevin A Przybyl Breathe Easy Foundation. The mission of this organization was to provide financial assistance to people with Cystic Fibrosis to help with medications and treatment. 

[Kevin] wanted to leave a legacy behind and he did just that.  He had an endless drive to help people throughout his entire life. 

In 2009, Kevin and Michele welcomed their son, Casey, into their lives.  Kevin never took any day in his life for granted, spending as much time with Casey as he could, especially teaching him how to fish.   Kevin did all this while taking numerous medications daily, often on IV medication and in and out of the hospital for various infections due to his CF. Unfortunately, in 2013, Kevin’s health began to decline rapidly, and he was in need of a double lung transplant.  

In October 2013, Kevin received the gift of life through organ transplantation.   He was beyond grateful to the donor’s family and humbled by the receipt of his new lungs.  He never took this gift for granted.  In 2015, Kevin and his family decided to move back to their hometown of Buffalo, NY.  Kevin did not waste any time getting back into volunteering and working as a first responder.  Kevin was hired by Mercy Flight shortly after moving home and worked as much as his body would allow him to.  He was also a proud member of the Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association. 

Unfortunately, in early 2017, Kevin contracted an infection, and passed away on February 13, 2017.   He wanted to leave a legacy behind and he did just that.  He had an endless drive to help people throughout his entire life.   He strongly supported the Unyts – Donate Life organization and hoped that he could inspire everyone he met to be organ donors.