WALNUT CREEK (CBS13) – The California Highway Patrol officer who was killed in the line of duty last week has helped four others live by donating his organs.
CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, a 37-year-old married father of four, was shot by a motorist during a traffic stop near Walnut Creek on Sept. 4 and pronounced dead at a Walnut Creek hospital the following day.
The California Transplant Donor Network released details of his organ donations on Tuesday.
His organ recipients include 29-year-old mother from the Bay Area who received his left kidney and pancreas. The woman had been listed on the organ transplant waiting list for three years.
Officer Youngstrom’s other kidney was received by a 52-year-old woman from the Bay Area who had been listed since 2002.
A 63-year-old woman from the Bay Area received Youngstrom’s liver.
A 50-year-old Southern California man, married with four children, received a new heart because of Officer Youngstrom’s donation.
During the surgery to recover Officer Youngstrom’s organs, operating room personnel and surgeons observed a moment of silence.
A remembrance from his family was read in which they recalled a loving father and husband who “put God, his wife and his children first.”
A public memorial for Officer Youngstrom is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Mission Church, 6391 Leisure Town Road, in Vacaville.