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Prayers in Northampton County for beloved firefighter, EMT fighting for his life

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 19 2014 05:39:30 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 20 2014 05:46:47 AM CST

A firefighter and EMT worker had a brain aneurysm rupture, and he's now fighting for his life.

WIND GAP, Pa. -

Rescue crews in Monroe County responded to a call for one of their own on Wednesday.

The firefighter and EMT worker had a brain aneurysm rupture, and he's now fighting for his life.

 They braved the cold to hopefully give warmth to a family.  More than 100 people came out to Wind Gap Park Saturday night to pray for Rob Kramer. 

The 39-year-old is in critical condition.

 "He had an aneurysm burst in his head," friend Ken Vetesy said.  "He is currently at St. Luke's Bethlehem in a medicated a coma at this time."

Friends say Rob has given his life to serving others.  He's a firefighter for Blue Ridge Hook & Ladder in Monroe County, and also works as an EMT for Wind Gap Ambulance and Klecknersville EMS.

"Volunteers and works 100 hours a week, he is always there to help the community," Vetesy said.  "When the pager goes off, he doesn't blink an eye."

"When you first meet him, he's a little rough around the edges," Charles Frantz said.  "And then you instantly warm right up to him."

Frantz said he's been Rob's best friend for about 22 years.  Now, he's rallying when his friend needs him the most.

"He had one surgery already," Frantz said.  "The doctors say it went very well."

Rob was rushed to the hospital Wednesday morning after his girlfriend found him unresponsive.  He's already beaten the odds of surviving a burst brain aneurysm, but 4 out of 7 people who make it have permanent disabilities.

The latest update posted on a Facebook page to support Rob and his family says Rob is sedated, and doctors will try to do a neuro exam Monday.  Friends say Rob's a fighter, and they tell 69 News they're optimistic.

"We're just hoping and praying that he's going to make a full recovery," said Vetesy.

"Let's get him back in good health and let's get him back here with us," Frantz added.

The father of four doesn't have medical insurance, and multiple fundraisers are being planned.  An effort started online has already raised nearly $7,000.  All of the money will go toward Rob's family and the medical bills.