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Tow truck driver helps rescue crews saves man's leg

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 14 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 15 2012 05:07:39 AM CST

Everyday countless people have their lives saved by first responders.

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. -

Everyday countless people have their lives saved by first responders. But not everyone takes the time to say thank you.

One local teen came up with a creative way to pay his gratitude forward after being in a horrific wreck.

On February 27, just after midnight, the Lower Macungie Fire Department and Macungie ambulance were called to the scene of an accident.

"In the back of my mind I'm thinking to myself, if this person is even alive in there they got to be hurt pretty bad because you just don't walk away from something like that," explained Lower Macungie Fire Chief David Nosal.

Seventeen-year-old Kyle Cope had lost control of his car and hit a metal traffic pole. The car wrapped around it like a horseshoe. Kyle was trapped, his legs were pinned under the metal of the car.

"One of the options that may ended up having to be done in order to save his life was to amputate his legs," said Nosal.

To him, amputation was not an option. In one final effort to get Kyle out in one piece, Faust Towing stepped up and took a chance lifting the car.

"Without hesitation they did that for us," added Nosal. "We got it off the pole a handful of inches, another 15 minutes he was extricated, both his legs intact."

For one agonizing week, Kyle's parents dealt with uncertainty.

"We didn't know what the outcome was going to be," shared Kyle's father Dave. "They even prepared us at the hospital that they might still have to amputate his legs."

It took more than six months, but Kyle made a full recovery. And his family wanted the spotlight to be on the crews who saved him.

Once Kyle could handle the work, he and his family replaced all the lighting in the Lower Macungie fire station, the Macungie ambulance building and at Faust Towing.

"They replaced all the lights," said Jeff Faust with Faust Towing. "I'd probably have to say 25."

In all about 100 lights were rebuilt. Some were more than 50 years old. The work was done at no cost to say thank you for Kyle's life and limbs.

"I figured if we updated the lighting that they would have electrical savings, and year after year you're basically giving a donation that would be year after year," explained Dave.

Kyle and his family reflect back to the night of the accident often, and hope they made the lives of the rescue crews a little brighter.

"You can't thank them enough," said Kyle. "You're in a position that you're in their hands and luckily they made the right decision and you're really thankful for it."