Ark. officer donates kidney to fellow colleague

Updated: Jun. 18, 2010 at 11:30 PM CDT
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Hope, Ark. (KSLA) - The number of supervisors at Hope County Hempstead Sheriff's Department was down by two, but only for a very good reason. In a selfless act from Sgt. Daniel Oller, Oller's kidney became the "hope" of survival for Sgt. David Johnson, who has been suffering from kidney failure since 2009.

Sgt. Johnson and Oller are not only friends and coworkers on the job, but have now become brotherly united by an organ.

"I couldn't think of a more deserving guy than this guy. He has put up so more for our community, and for everybody in our department.  He has gone the extra mile," said Sgt. Oller.

The twenty-five-member police department and officers said that they have always been a pretty close knit group.

Sgt. David Johnson, the recipient of the donated kidney was taken by the noble act of Sgt. Oller.

"Officer Oller is my guardian angel, right now we are bonded, "said David Johnson. "He is amazing."

"God gave us two kidneys for a reason and I believed he knew D.J. would need one of mine," said Sgt. Oller.

Fellow officers are waiting for the two sergeants to recover and be able to return home soon and back to work.

"Yes sir, it's a brotherhood," said Sgt. Cindy Townsend.

The surgery took place ealier in the week and both men are reported to be doing well.