Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Harris Co., TX Sheriff's Office Promoting Organ Donation

1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Harris Coun...The Harris Co. (TX) Sheriff's Office (HCSO) is beginning a new program that will save lives. They are promoting organ and tissue donation by teaming up with LifeGift, the local organ procurement organization (OPO). In doing so, the HCSO (image of headquarters at right) became the first law enforcement agency to join with LifeGift in the Workplace Partnership Initiative. The initiative is a program of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services aimed at increasing organ donation awareness among large employers.

The HCSO knows firsthand the positive impact organ donation can have on someone's life. One of their own's, Detention Officer Sgt. Vickie Bratcher, life was saved by a kidney transplant allowing her to spend more time with her family. In regards to the HCSO's decision to join the program, LifeGift president and CEO Sam Holtzman said, "The Sheriff's support is fitting in an organization that knows all too well about making sacrifices for the well-being of others." I'd like to add to that by saying that the Sheriff's support is a perfect example of what more public servants should be doing - actually serving the community.

Source : article on titled Harris County Sheriff's Office Commits to Save Lives - This Time Through Organ Donation 
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