Springfield policeman obtains kidney from slain Independence officer
Injured Springfield Police Department officer Mark Priebe received a kidney transplant on Saturday.
The donor was another policeman, Blaize Madrid-Evans of Independence, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Wednesday.
“I am eternally grateful to Officer Madrid-Evans and his family for making this direct donation,” Priebe said in a press release. “I truly believe that God had his hand in this and it was difficult to understand why I am allowed to continue living, and this brand new young officer had to pay the ultimate sacrifice. I hope I can honor him. , him and his family in the way I live my life. ”
Priebe, a 21-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department, was paralyzed in June 2020 after police said a man intentionally struck Priebe with a vehicle outside of police headquarters.
A year later, Priebe learned that his kidneys were failing and he began dialysis.
“September 18 was National Police Officer Thank You Day. It was also the day Mark received a new kidney,” said Heather, Constable Priebe’s wife. “We’re still emotional about this whole situation, as you can imagine, and it’s been part of our journey that you can’t catch up on. Mark got a second chance again, thanks to a member of our fine line family. blue. We hope that we will have the opportunity to meet the family of Officer Madrid-Evans in the near future and we pray for them as they sail in the days to come. ”
Officer Madrid-Evans, 22, graduated from police academy in July this year. He was fatally shot Wednesday morning while responding to a call to Independence. His fellow officers retaliated and killed the gunman, police said.
The Independence Police Foundation accepts donations for the Madrid-Evans family.