The honor is awarded to heroes who shine light on how organ and tissue donation saves lives and brings attention to the national waiting list of 110,000 people, all of whom are praying the right match is found. DiNardo, to be recognized at the organization’s 25th anniversary dinner and auction on April 12, is the widow of Det. MarcAnthony DiNardo of the Jersey City Police Department, who was killed in July 2009.
He was one of five officers shot as they pursued two robbery suspects in a Reed Street apartment building. The detective left behind three young children, and many family and friends who remember him as a hero. DiNardo, a Jersey City native who now lives in Jefferson, made the decision to donate her husband’s organs and tissue. The lives of three New Jerseyans were saved by the detective’s heart and two kidneys, while countless others benefitted from the gift of tissue donation.