Police officers share a unique bond that often makes them closer than brothers or sisters. That near-familial bond has deepened even further for two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) officers now that one of them has donated a kidney to save the other. [1]

Deputy Kevin Ay met Sergeant Darrin Offringa in July 2010, three years before Ay was diagnosed with renal failure. For three months, Offringa taught Ay how to handle service calls and other training situations, and Ay was eventually assigned to Offringa’s old beat when Offringa was moved to another unit.

The two met up again when, after receiving dialysis, Ay returned to work as a training officer at Lakewood Station, where Offringa was working the same position. Offringa continued to check up on his friend and his health, even after he was promoted and moved to another station.

When Ay and Offringa discovered they shared the same blood type, Offringa felt compelled to help his pal and asked to be considered as a donor. Ay was hesitant to accept at first, but Offringa’s family was in full support of the idea. Said Offringa:

“I knew it was the right thing to do. I’m just honored and humbled by the experience and to have helped a good friend.” [2]

According to the LASD, the surgery took place on November 29 in a successful 4-hour surgery. The men have now recovered.

Ay said that not only did the surgery prolong his life, it improved the quality of it.

“I always considered Darrin as a mentor; now he’s my brother.”

Sources:

[1] Fox News

[2] CBS Los Angeles

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