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Franklin Township Cop Seeks Kidney
WESTERVILLE (Terri Sullivan) -- A local law enforcement officer has been dealing with a life threatening condition -- kidney disease.
Now, Franklin Township Police Sgt. Chris Beach, who comes from a long line of police officers, hopes the thin blue line comes through with a new kidney.
Beach reflected on happier times as he flipped through his wedding photos, taken only about a year ago.
His brother, who was in the wedding party, was tested to see if he can donate a kidney to Beach, whose own kidneys are failing.
"It's unbelievable," Beach said. "He stopped smoking several years ago so that he could give me a kidney and it's time now to do it."
His step mother is also being tested to see if she would be a good match.
Beach has been off the job for several months, confined to his house.
"My kidneys failed in June, and since my immune system went down, I contracted Guillain-Barre syndrome," Beach said.
The syndrome, he said, numbed everything between his knees and feet.
"It's hard for me to walk, to get around, to be able to stand," Beach said.
Beach said he dreams about the day he'll be healthy enough to go back to fighting crime instead of the villain that keeps him on the couch.
"It's terrible. I love my job. I want to get back and I just miss it so much."
To learn more about organ donation or how to help Sgt. Beach, contact the Ohio State University Transplant Program.