July 5, 2022
To Benefit EmergyCare's Camp EMS Program
Kyle before and after weight loss.
This walk/run honors the memory of Kyle Matthew Swain and supports EmergyCare's Camp EMS program which exposes youth ages 14-17 to Emergency Medical Services careers.
Kyle was an EMT and Communications Specialist at EmergyCare, a Volunteer Firefighter with Belle Valley FD, and a soldier in the United States Army. He was by all measures, the definition of determination, hard work, and excellence.
While working for EmergyCare, Kyle aspired to be the best he could be and fulfilled his lifelong dream of being in the United States Army. However, a major deterrent to Kyle being able to live his dream was his weight. Many would have given up when they found out they had to lose almost 200 lbs to be part of anything, but not Kyle. Kyle instead, dug deep down inside and found the motivation to lose weight, through healthy eating and living. Finally, after almost 2 years of hard work, focus, and determination, Kyle met his goal and on January 4, 2015, left for basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. On April 24, 2015, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Sadly, on his final day of training, June 17, 2015, Kyle, within 30 meters of completing a 6-mile run, succumbed to the effects of a heat-related injury. Unable to recover, Kyle died the following day, June 18, 2015. Kyle’s family and friends remember him most for his positive attitude, determination, devotion, and his omnipresence when a friend or family member was needed most. He is sadly missed and will always be remembered by all whose lives he touched.
In memory of Kyle and to continue the good work he did in his life, his family began the Kyle Swain Memorial Walk/Run. This event helps impact teenagers to explore a life of service. The is set up as an in-person/virtual blended event. This way anyone in the Erie area can participate along with friends and family of Kyle who are not in the area. Participants will walk 6 miles, on July 5, 2022. Why 6 miles? The day Kyle collapsed, he was doing a 6 mile run. (If you feel 6 miles is too far - there will be alternate courses available of 3.2 miles and 1.4 miles). The registration cost to participate is $30 (as Kyle was 30 meters from the finish line). We encourage participants to raise $101 in addition to the registration fee. The amount marks the unit Kyle was a part of.
Family and Friends will gather at Belle Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. Participants will walk along route 8 to Headwaters Park, through the park and back to Belle Valley VFD. The road will be guarded by members of the Army to keep participants safe. Virtual participants are asked to walk at the same time if possible. If unable to walk at the same time, you are encouraged to walk 6 miles some time on July 5, 2022.
Register and help make this the biggest Kyle Swain Memorial Walk/Run ever!
In response to an ever-increasing shortage of Emergency Medical Service providers, EmergyCare created the EmergyCare Camp EMS program to expose youth to the Prehospital EMS profession. Over a 6 day/5 night experience, youth ages 14 – 17 are introduced to the many facets of EMS.
Camp EMS is a week-long experience for teens ages 14-17 who are interested in exploring career options in emergency medical services and the healthcare field.
The camp, held on the campus of Allegheny College in Meadville, is a unique experience that gives campers the opportunity to interact with some of the region’s top EMS and healthcare experts and gain hands-on experience with:
In addition to receiving a first-hand look into the world of pre-hospital medicine, campers also earn their American Heart Association CPR certification.
Each year up to four Camp EMS participants are awarded the Kyle M. Swain Memorial Scholarship to attend an EMT class tuition-free.
EmergyCare’s mission is to save lives and positively impact the health, well-being, and safety of the communities we serve.
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Thank you for honoring Kyle's memory and supporting EmergyCare's Camp EMS program. We look forward to seeing you on July 5, 2022. If you are walking in person, we will see you at the Belle Valley Volunteer Fire Department. It would make Kyle proud to have everyone together raising funds for a cause he cared about - EmergyCare's Camp EMS.
Each year youth from across Northwestern Pennsylvania have the opportunity to participate in the six-day/five-night camping program that introduces them to the Prehospital Emergency Medical Services profession at a very minimal cost ($150). Attendees develop self–confidence, self-respect, and self-discipline through skill-building activities and certification achievement. Additionally, attendees learn to recognize the worth of all persons and work for inter-racial and inter-group understanding through team building and group skill-building exercises.
Camp EMS also provides an opportunity for a minimum of eight camp attendees to further develop their leadership skills by serving as Senior Cadets/Junior Squad Leaders (Counselors in Training) at Camp EMS. Finally, Each year up to four Camp EMS participants are awarded the Kyle M. Swain Memorial Scholarship to attend an EMT class tuition-free.
If you have any questions regarding the walk, please contact Lisa Songer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-870-1948.
Thank you for your support!Carrie Ion (Kyle's Mom) Lisa Songer Community Engagement Coordinator