Community comes together for former firefighter

Reichert faces long road back to recovery,

family faces long road ahead in expenses

It’s a long road back for Kevin Reichert, who has been in the Intensive Care Unit of Parkland Burn Unit in Dallas for the past two weeks, undergoing multiple surgeries to address problems with skin grafts and previous surgeries in which scar tissue has not healed properly.

Many Saladoans will remember Reichert very well from his days on the Salado Volunteer Fire Department. A Bell County native, Reichert grew up here, graduating from Salado High in 1992. He and wife Emily live in Georgetown with their two children, Hannah and Grace.

With the prolonged stay, medical bills are increasing as well as travel, hotel stays and meal costs.

Melanie Kirchmeier has established a website at which donors can give money toward these mounting bills for the Reichert family.

Established earlier this month, the website donations have raised about $7,000 toward the $10,000 goal.

Visit to donate online.

“Kevin’s family has felt the prayers of their friends and family,” Bartlett said of her cousin, “This is a way for us to show our support for a wonderful father, husband, son, brother, and friend.”

In addition, a bake sale will be held at Ambrosia Tea Room in Salado 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25 to raise funds for the Reicherts.

Also, if anyone wants to send a check to Kevin and Emily, send to Melanie Kirchmeier, P.O. Box 1030, Salado TX 76571 payable to Kevin Reichert.

Those checks will be hand-delivered to the family on a regular basis.

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