small acts

‘As a police officer, I always trusted my gut. But this time felt different. My heart was pounding, my thoughts scattering. I knew something was about to happen.’

“I slowed my breathing down and prepared for entry. As I touched the door knob…BAM! I never saw it coming! My vision was gone. I heard several loud bangs. On the radio I could hear, ‘OFFICER DOWN!’ What? ‘Wait a minute. Am I the officer down?!’ The next thing I remember I was in a weird place, swelling and turning blue.”

‘I’m shaking. There is something I need to tell you,’ she stammered. I ushered her to the sofa. It felt like the air was sucked out of the room.’: Woman donates kidney to save friend’s husband

“‘Neil needs a kidney.’ I felt my heart drop into my feet as I replayed the last few months. Walking through our children’s school, she made the comment that she was so stressed it made her head itch. ‘What could possibly make you that stressed?’ I asked. I cringed as I remembered the last joking message I had left her.”

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