Town of Milton Police Officer Saves the Life of an 8-year-old Boy Through Selfless Act
Many times, our top cops are recognized for their work while on duty, but every once in a while, we recognize officers who go above the call of duty to protect and serve when they’re off the clock. Top Cop and Town of Milton Police Officer Lindsey Bittorf has done just that by donating a kidney to a complete stranger.
“This action by Officer Bittorf, really didn’t surprise me,” said Chief Tom Kunkel of the Town of Milton Police Department. “This is just the way Lindsey is always looking out for others.”
As reported by ABC News:
A police officer in Rock County, Wisconsin, is going above and beyond her oath to protect and serve by donating her kidney to an 8-year-old boy who she’s just met.
Officer Lindsey Bittorf of the Town of Milton Police Department was browsing Facebook in early December when she came across a post by a mother in Janesville, Wisconsin, who had made a public plea for potential kidney donors for her 8-year-old son, Jackson Arneson. Bittorf didn’t know the family, but she was moved by the mother’s post.
Jackson was born with a kidney condition called Posterior Urethral Valves, and his family always knew that one day he would need a transplant. After years of testing determined that family and friends weren’t a match, his mother, Kristi Goll, turned to social media.
Goll shared a photo of her little boy, saying that recent lab results showed his kidney function is still decreasing and he’s in need of a new kidney, preferably from a living donor. Her Facebook post was shared nearly 1,500 times.
“I always knew these days would come, it’s just so hard when they are here. I have reached out before, I am just trying again to see if we can find anyone out there that would be interested in being tested,” Goll wrote on Facebook. “This would be the very best gift we could receive.”
Officer Lindsey Bittorf surprised a family in Janesville, Wisconsin, with news that she will be donating her kidney to their 8-year-old son, Jackson Arneson.
For a successful kidney transplant, the donor must be in good health, their blood type must be compatible with the recipient and both people involved need to match a certain number of antigens.
After seeing Goll’s Facebook post, Bittorf was compelled to get tested to see if she was a match.
"I’m pretty set in my ways, so if I set my mind to something, there’s really not talking me out of doing this. I was doing it," Bittorf told ABC News affiliate WISN.
The police officer passed the initial health test, finding that she shared the same blood type as Jackson and they matched three antigens - more than enough to proceed with a kidney transplant. At 30, she’s also within the appropriate age range and in general good health.
Bittorf said doctors were “shocked” that a complete stranger was such a good match for Jackson.
“This is seriously, like, meant to be,” she said in an interview with WISN. “It’s going to be me.”
Last week, the police officer surprised Jackson and his family at their home with the good news. Bittorf told the boy, “I took an oath to serve and protect our community, and now my kidney’s going to serve and protect you.”
“We hugged a lot and we cried a lot, and it was just a pretty amazing moment,” Goll said in an interview with WISN, wiping away tears.
Jackson and Bittorf are scheduled for transplant surgery on June 22.
Officer Bittorf has done far more for the Goll family than serve and protect; she has given the family hope and a little boy a chance to live. Officer Bittorf’s selfless act makes her a true top cop.