Ann Arbor, MI- Police Sgt. Jaime Crawford donated a kidney to Officer Steven Dye.
In the fall of 2018, the colleagues of nearly 20 years were chatting as normal when Dye told Crawford he needed a kidney transport.
At that time, Crawford offered to see if she was a match for a kidney donation.
After months of testing and preparing, Crawford, 43, and Dye, 44, went under the knife March 27 for a kidney transplant.
"We've had friends here that have been sick and (we) didn’t have the ability to help," Crawford said. "… I don’t even know if originally I thought I would be a match, I didn’t know the process involved, but I was willing to get started and see where it took us."
Crawford’s offer caught Dye off-guard, as did offers from another officer and friends. Dye didn’t reveal his chronic kidney disease to many people, but others would’ve stepped up, too, said Crawford. She recalled that multiple officers got tested for bone marrow transplants for Officer Jason Zogaib, who died in 2009 following a two-year battle with leukemia.
It's the nature of police officers to want to help, Crawford said.