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‘There’s no words’: Sheriff’s deputy donates kidney to high school coach

A sheriff's deputy was honored for donating his kidney to a high school coach.
A sheriff's deputy was honored for donating his kidney to a high school coach.
(Patrick Johnson, WBRZ)

BATON ROUGE (WBRZ) – An award ceremony in Louisiana honored law enforcement officers for acts of kindness.

One of the recipients did something so selfless for a stranger, it’s difficult to comprehend.

In November, high school football coach Herbert Davis received a phone call that would change his life.

In that phone call, he learned someone was donating a kidney to him.

“You know, you had your doubts would you ever get one? But we just stayed with faith in the Lord and got the call late November,” he said.

Davis said the news made him very emotional.

“You know, I waited five years, did dialysis five nights a week for four hours at a time,” he said.

The donor was a stranger to Davis and a law enforcement officer Captain Patrick Johnson of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“As I told him when he came to see me before I got out of the hospital, there’s no words,” Davis said. “You can never say enough to thank someone. You know, it’s an unbelievable thing to be able to do that for someone.”

Johnson said the idea to donate one of his organs came after he became inspired by a New York Police Department detective who had donated one of his.

“I thought about it and it was just kind of one of those things that, you know, never really left my mind,” Johnson said. “And in fact, it kind of built up steam as time went on and so I prayed about it and prayed about it and researched it and I was just being led in that direction.”

Johnson was one of 14 officers from around the state recognized for their acts of kindness at the annual Beyond the Badge luncheon in Baton Rouge.

“I’m just one of many. I’m not anything special,” he said. “You know, there’s guys out there, we saw 13 other people today that got recognized for what they do, and in fact there’s thousands more who don’t even get that recognition that do these things every day that wear a badge.”