While waiting for a SCUBA rescue team to arrive from out of town Kenneth Cara‚ a firefighter with the Kline Township Fire Department‚ spent his time comforting a worried mother who’s son had gone missing. He waited with her for a while and that’s when he realized his area needed a SCUBA rescue team. He helped form a diving team in lower Luzerne County in northeast Pennsylvania. On May 1‚ 1988 he lost his life while training with the team. Cara was born and raised in Kelayres‚ Pennsylvania where he became a volunteer firefighter for the Kline Township Fire Department at 16. After graduating from the Hazleton High School in 1976 where he played football and broke records on the track team he went on to college to study law with the dream of becoming a police officer. Cara never left his home in Kelayres. He eventually became a police officer for the neighboring borough of McAdoo and then earned the title of captain with the Kline Township Police Department. He remained a firefighter and when he died he was the President of the Kline Township Fire Department. In his free time Cara helped coach a local youth football team and was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Kelayres. Cara was known for helping keep local young people out of trouble by encouraging them to join the fire department. He also made a difference as a police officer. After his death a few of the people he had arrested showed up at his wake‚ some saying that they stayed out of trouble because they didn’t want to let Cara down. Born on August 28‚ 1957 Cara was 30 years old when he died leaving behind his mother‚ 3 brothers and a wife and son.
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