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CHP: Slain Officer's Organs Donated to Three Recipients

Officer Kenyon Youngstrom's life and legacy continues to be about helping others, including a woman who had been waiting three years for an organ transplant and two other transplant recipients, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A news release from the California Highway Patrol:

California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstorm, who was killed in the line of duty last week in Walnut Creek, has given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation to four other individuals.

The results of that gift are that a 29-year-old mother from the Bay Area has received his left kidney and pancreas. The woman had been listed on the organ transplant waiting list for three years.

Officer Youngstrom’s other kidney was received by a 52-year-old female from the Bay Area who had been listed since 2002.

Receiving a lifesaving liver as the result of Officer Youngstrom was a 63-year-old woman from the Bay Area.  No additional information is available about her.

A 50-year-old man, married with four children, received a new heart because of Officer Youngstrom’s wish. That recipient lives in Southern California.

During the surgery to recover Officer Youngstrom’s organs, operating room personnel and surgeons observed a moment of silence.  A remembrance from his family was read in which they recalled a loving father and husband who "put God, his wife and his children first."

Shortly after that, the gifts of life from this 37-year-old "hero" were recovered for transplant. Out of respect for their privacy and their need to have their loved ones heal after receiving the gifts, no additional details will be provided about the recipients at this time.

are set for Thursday in Vacaville.

Source: California Highway Patrol.

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K Cooney September 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
He is a HERO , not a "hero".
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 02:59 PM
That's verbatim from the CHP announcement.
K Cooney September 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Gotcha.
Lynne Silva-Wall September 12, 2012 at 03:14 PM
What a true hero..he just keeps on giving. Best gift ever.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 03:22 PM
This is such a difficult time for his fellow officers and I didn't want to mess with their carefully chosen words. Thanks for understanding.
Ash Leigh September 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
What a great man.
Gina Akioka September 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Tears stream down my cheeks as I marvel at our technical ability to give life to others through the loss of our own. There are no words to express the honor Officer Youngstrom brings to the force. God rest his soul.
Caroline Potter September 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I agree...he must have been a special man and he will live on in others. However, it looks as if it is four recipients, rather than the three indicated in the headline.

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