Kidney Transplant Patient Thanks Officers Who Rushed them to TGH for Operation

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WHAT: Robert Barbour, Jr. and his care taker/sponsor Arnette German thank Officers Jason Derocco and George Boyd for driving them to Tampa General Hospital in a patrol car.

WHEN: Thursday, May 22nd, noon

WHERE: TPD Headquarters, 411 North Franklin Street, Tampa

DETAILS: On March 12th, around 5:30 a.m., Robert and his sponsor Arnette were on their way from Bradenton to Tampa General Hospital for Robert's kidney transplant. After exiting the interstate in Ybor City, they discovered they had a flat tire. Arnette called 911, but they decided to keep driving on the tire's rim. After searching for several minutes, Officers Derocco and Boyd found them near Tampa Police headquarters. Robert spent 12 years on the transplant list and he was anxious to arrive at the hospital on time. The officers realized it would take longer to change the tire than to drive them to the hospital. Derocco and Boyd directed them to park their car in front of police headquarters so they wouldn't be towed and they were quickly taken to TGH in the police car with lights and sirens. They arrived on time for their 6 a.m. appointment and Mr. Barbour received his new kidney.

Monica Sheffield, the donor coordinator will also be available for any organ donor related questions.