Slain Officer’s Organs Donated to Four Californians

Three Bay Area residents and a man from Southern California are recipients of Youngstrom’s organs.

CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, who was killed in the line of duty last week in Alamo 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 one's heal after receiving the gifts, no additional details will be provided about the recipients at this time.

According to Anthony Borders of the California Transplant Donor Network, about 40 percent of California drivers are registered organ donors and according to Borders, Youngstrom was one of those who had registered for organ donation.

The California Transplant Donor Network saves and improves lives by facilitating organ and tissue donation for transplantation.  The California Transplant Donor Network helps 175 hospitals in 41 Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada Counties offer the option of organ and tissue donation to families whose loved ones have died, coordinates deceased organ recovery and placement and provides public education with the hope that every resident will become a donor.  The California Transplant Donor Network is federally designated as the region’s organ recovery organization.  For information visit www.ctdn.org



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Joe Feltcher September 12, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Wat a courageous and classy move by the family.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" September 12, 2012 at 03:55 AM
A TEAR WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH He was not supposed to die that day He was not supposed to leave us He was not supposed to die that way Leaving America and the world To grieve him He was part of who this country was He was what made it the "Home of the Brave"!!! And when he went away that day We lost a piece of our innocence and naivet`e His Job was to help the citizens who are vulnerable and sometimes hurt A symbol of his allegiance that still permeates this Sacred earth But rest assured Every chance I will get I will remember his service As one who paid the ultimate price who put us at ease with our worries!!! GOD SPEED, OFFICER YOUNGSTOM and to his family MY CONDOLENSES
s bowles September 12, 2012 at 09:19 PM
What a wonderful poem. We are all left empty for this senseless tragedy. Other lives are saved and will live in his honor! God bless America and all those whom work so hard to protect and serve us. There are not enough words to say as "Thank You" seems so little to a man who died a tragic death for all of us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and co-workers. A speedy recovery for those who have been given the gift of life. I am an organ donor and beg people who are not to think about it if one of your loved ones neeed a gift of life. prayers to all
Lisa Krimsky September 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The senseless loss of another human life is mind boggling. Law enforcement officers face this challenge every day. I'm sure when CHP Officer Youngstrom left his family for work that day, he had no idea he would not be returning. My heart goes out to his family, friends and his CHP family. I think it's wonderful that his loss was able to save four other lives. He lives through them!! To his family, thank you for his years of service to the community and this State. Just know that alothough he is gone in body, his spirit will be there not only in those who received his organ donations but he will be a guardian angel over his loved ones and fellow officers.


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