Lt. Dennis DeVoe, a hero in life and in death by being an organ donor
Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline tells CBS 21 Lt. Dennis DeVoe was a hero in life and now a hero in death as well. The chief says because DeVoe was an organ donor he was able to save five lives.
Officials with the gift of life donor program say 22 people die every day waiting for an organ donation.
CBS 21 spoke with a man who received two kidneys as a result of the program and now speaks about how important it is to be a donor. He says if it wasn't for someone checking the box and deciding to be a donor he wouldn't be standing here today.
Joseph Gargiulo, the organ recipient, told CBS 21, "Imagine facing a situation where your child or your spouse has passed away and you are thinking so far beyond yourself that you are saying yes I have grief but I have an opportunity to do something wonderful for someone else. That's a hero."
DeVoe's tissue will also be used in 50-100 operations in the coming weeks.
To find out more about being a donor or to register you can visit donors1.org.