Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 – 2:21 PM
(CNS) – A sheriff’s sergeant is recovering Wednesday after giving one of his kidneys to save the life of his former trainee and friend.
A kidney taken from Sgt. Darrin Offringa of the sheriff’s Carson Station was successfully implanted into Deputy Kevin Ay of the sheriff’s Lakewood Station on Nov. 29, according to Deputy Lillian Peck of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. Both men are recovering.
In 2013, Ay was diagnosed with renal failure and was in need of a donor kidney, Peck said. Offringa, who was assigned Ay as a patrol trainee in 2010, built a teacher-student relationship that grew into a work partnership and then into a “solid friendship,” prompting the sergeant to help his friend.
“I’m just honored and humbled by the experience and to have helped a good friend,” Offringa said.
Ay said the donation has significantly deepened their friendship.
“I always considered Darrin as a mentor. Now he’s my brother,” Ay said.