Concord honors fallen officer for donation

May 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
One of the four Oakland police officers killed by the same man in March was being remembered Thursday night for his contribution in death. Officer John Hege was an organ donor. That was a choice that his parents hope will inspire others to make the same decision.

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It's been six weeks since Officer John Hege's organs were donated to four men. His parents say as far they know those recipients are doing well.

"We've heard that up to now the recipients are all living, so that's good news to us," says John Hege, Officer Hege's father.

On Thursday, in Hege's hometown of Concord, his family attended a ceremony recognizing his contribution.

Of the four Oakland police officers who were shot and killed on March 21st, Hege was the only one who lived long enough for doctors to keep his organs intact.

Officer Hege's lungs were damaged as a result of the shooting but he was able to donate his heart, liver and kidneys.

"Maybe the other officers would have made the same decision, but they just didn't have that choice. John was able to survive long enough so that he could donate his organs," says Tamra Hege, Officer Hege's mother.

It was a decision officer Hege made when he renewed his driver's license. His parents are now urging others to follow their son's lead.

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