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Kevin Freeman, age 28, June 3, 2011
I received a phone call from Kevin on June 2, 2011 telling me that he was in the hospital after having a "seizure". Kevin, age 28, had no history of seizures. I was working the night shift that night and was able to go home so that I could travel to where Kevin lived 4 1/2 hours away. He called at 1 am to say he was going to be admitted to the hospital, then he called again at 2:45 am to say he was being discharged and he loved me and would see me in the morning. I went to get a couple hours of sleep before heading out. Little did I know that would be the last words I would ever hear from my son. I started out at 6:30 am on June 3, 2011 and got as far as Whitney Point, NY when I had a feeling that I would not get to Kevin in time. Going through the mountains near Liberty, NY I got intermittent phone reception. Sam, Kevin''s fiance, was calling to say that they couldn't intubate him and to hurry. Twenty minutes from the hospital in Poughkeepsie, Sam called again. She told me to pull over and told me that Kevin had passed. Kevin was six months from being a paramedic, had found the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, and things looked like they where going well. We have set up a scholarship for Kevin so that others will be able to persue becoming a paramedic. We are still somewhere in the fog of what and why. Kathy Freeman, Kevin's mother