Firefighters are always saving lives, but this man went above and beyond to give a colleague's son a second chance at life.
A Kentucky firefighter went beyond the call of duty to save a life, not by running into a burning building but by donating one of his organs.
The Lexington Fire Department said Tim Belcher donated one of his kidneys to his co-worker’s 7-year-old son named John. John’s father is Lieutenant Joe Sexton.
According to the fire department, John got very sick nearly two years ago from Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. According to the Mayo Clinic, the condition occurs when the small blood vessels in the kidneys become damaged and inflamed. It’s usually caused by an e. Coli infection.
Belcher, without telling John or his family, tested as a potential donor and was discovered to be a match.
"The Lexington Fire Department is a family," the department wrote on its Facebook page. "We celebrate each other during our happiest moments and lean on each other during the most challenging times."