A policeman’s choice to be an organ donor saves another
The deposed independence police officer Blaize Madrid-Evans was able to help another person, even in death. Rightly so, it was a fellow police officer and it happened on Friday September 18, a police officer’s thank-you day.
Blaize Madrid-Evans, 22, had just joined the Independence Police Department after graduating from the police academy in July this year. Madrid-Evans, an organ donor, was shot and killed in the line of duty on September 15. Because he was an organ donor, Madrid-Evans was able to help a fellow police officer, whom he has never met.
That police officer is Mark Priebe who works for the Springfield Police Department. Constable Priebe was intentionally beaten outside the Springfield Police Department in June of last year and remained paralyzed. Last year, Officer Priebe and his family learned that his kidneys were failing and he began dialysis.
What happened next was unlikely. The two paired up and the Priebe family were informed that Officer Priebe would receive a kidney from Officer Madrid-Evans. The operation took place Saturday evening at a hospital in St. Louis.
According to a press release from the Independence Police Department, Priebe woke up from his operation on Sunday and said: “I am eternally grateful to Officer Madrid-Evans and his family for providing this donation. direct. “I truly believe that God had his hand in this and it was difficult to understand why I am allowed to continue living, and this brand new young officer had to pay the ultimate sacrifice. I hope I can honor him and his family with the way I live my life. “
According to the Independence Police Department, Heather, Constable Priebe’s wife, said: “I am eternally grateful to Constable Madrid-Evans and his family for providing this direct donation,” said Agent Priebe. “I truly believe that God had his hand in this and it was difficult to understand why I am allowed to continue living, and this brand new young officer had to pay the ultimate sacrifice. I hope I can honor him and his family with the way I live my life. “
You can follow Officer Priebe’s recovery on Facebook and support Officer Madrid-Evans’ family by donating to the Independence Police Foundation.