Families of Injured Football Players Get Helping Hand

Pocono Summit, Monroe County – A Pocono community is coming together to help support two teens who are recovering from violent car crash.  It happened last month in Monroe County.  Thursday night a huge fundraiser was held to help with their mounting medical bills.

The scene was horrific at the September car crash in Swiftwater.  The wreck sent 3 Pocono Mountain East football players to the hospital.  Eileen Hintelmann, of Pocono Summit, attended the fundraiser and says “it’s a sad situation and we need to give a lot of prayers for them and hope they pull through.” 

Two of the teens, Justin Bullock and Stephen Dienno, are still in recovery, so the community is chipping in to help their families.  Hintelmann says “we need to support the families. It’s an expensive time to be in the hospital for moms and dads with them. It’s meals and traveling and gas and taking care of other family members. It’s very sad.”  Linda Allmond-Frailey organized the event and says “we asked businesses and they said yes we’d love to donate something.”

Thursday night, the tricky tray fundraiser was held at Pocono Mountain West with prizes ranging from kid stuff to cold hard cash.  Mark Keitt is Justin’s step father.  He says “we are just blown away. Pocono mountain east and west are big time rivals in football and it’s beautiful to see them put aside their rivalry for the greater good and we are just overwhelmed as a family for all the support of the entire community.”  Bullock’s family was in shock at all of the people who came out and the more than 80 businesses that donated.  Justin’s twin sister, Janiya Bullock, says “he would be overwhelmed by all the support that’s been going on. He would be really overwhelmed.”

Bullock’s twin sister adds that they are taking it one day at a time, but positive signs are coming.  Just the other days she had her brother smiling and says “I was talking to him about our friends and he was smiling and everything. It was pretty nice to see him do that.”  Both families say they are thankful for the support and want the boys fellow classmates to do one thing: “to each high school kid I just want you to enjoy being a kid, enjoy every football practice, every grueling football game because I’m sure these boys, if they could, they’d rather be playing,” says Keitt.

Bullock’s step father says he has been moved from the hospital to a physical therapy facility.  Steven Dienno remains in the hospital.

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