Sheriff McMahon honors organ donors at dedication ceremony

San Bernardino County Sun | Doug Saunders

Family members who dedicated a rose to a loved one who was an organ donor. The flowers will be placed into the Donate for Life float in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Courtesy Photo

SAN BERNARDINO >> From death came life.

Tory Howe-Lynch, 15, was shot to death in December of 2002 in front of Trinity Mission Baptist church in San Bernardino as he left his first practice with the church choir.

Tory dreamed of attending Ohio State University.

But in death, Tory saved the life of at least one man — through organ donation.

On Friday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s John McMahon, along with the organization One Legacy Donate for Life, held its Inaugural Rose Ceremony at sheriff’s headquarters.

“The donation of tissue and organs is huge to help not only folks in our county but by saving lives and making a big difference for the citizens of this county,” McMahon said during the ceremony.

McMahon stood upon a stage and handed a single rose to family members of those who donated their organs.

That rose will be immersed in the 13th Donate Life float, “Treasure Life’s Journey,” in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. Continue reading