Brother Remembered: EMT Mark Kinder II
A grieving family is honoring their loved one with a memorial scholarship, with the help of the ambulance company where he worked. Mark Kinder II died in January while returning from dropping off a patient. Jan Care is donating the money for the scholarship.
It’s been about nine months since Mark Kinder II was killed. Mark’s sister Tonya, also a Jan Care employee, says her brother is believed to have been resting in the passenger seat when the accident happened.
“He was in an accident in the ambulance," she said as she fights back tears. "They were on their way home from Ruby Memorial and they collided with a flat-bed semi and the point of impact was the passenger side which was where Mark was setting. And from there he was transported to the hospital and he was pronounced dead there.”
Tonya and Mark grew up in Clear Fork, a small unincorporated town just outside of Whitesville in Raleigh County.
"He was my baby brother," she said. "He was the youngest of three of us ad then we actually have younger half sister. But he was the only boy."
“He was ornry as all boys are," she said. "He, he was just fun. He loved sports he loved the outdoors."
"He was a fun loving outgoing easy to please easy to get along with person."
Jan Care provides medical transportation to parts of Ohio and several counties in West Virginia including Monongalia, Harrison, Wyoming, Raleigh, McDowell, and Fayette.
Tonya says her brother, only twenty-six when he was killed, found his passion when he began working as an EMT for Jan Care.
“He started out as a driver and then went on to get his EMT and he done that for, off and on for probably two years before he was killed.”
Last year, Tonya and Jan Care gave a scholarship in Mark’s honor, and they’re working to do the same in 2014. Committee members are accepting applications for the Mark Anthony Kinder II $1,000 Scholarship.
Any Jan Care or general EMS employee, employee’s child or family member that is a high school senior or a full time undergraduate college student is eligible. Tonya says Jan Care is providing the money for the scholarships and will help select a winner. Applicants are asked to write a 500 word essay explaining how Jan Care has impacted their community.
Tonya says she remembers her brother as an everyday hero and wants others to remember him in the same way.
“He died doing what he loved,” she said. “He touched lives so with the scholarship, Jan Care and I hope that maybe that it can touch someone else’s life.”
“He would be proud,” she said as emotions overwhelm her. “He would wonder why all the fuss for him I’m sure. But he would think it was unbelievable.”
Tonya says applications will be accepted until about June, when they plan to vote on the best essay. To apply contact Jan-Care.