GASTONIA, NC (WSOC) — Gastonia police Officer Zachery Lechette gave up a kidney and more than half of his liver to save the lives of two strangers.
“I’ve always tried to help people — organ donation, blood donation, bone marrow donation,” Lechette said. “It just seemed like the next logical step.”
A co-worker’s child needed a kidney years ago and didn’t get help in time.
After that, Lechette decided he had to be that help for the next person in need.
“For me, if I had two kidneys, it meant one of them was a spare,” Lechette said.
He gave a kidney four years ago knowing he may never see the person who received it.
“That didn’t matter to me,” Lechette said. “Just knowing that I was, perhaps, saving someone’s life was enough.”
The recipient was a man who wanted to meet Lechette.