Carson sergeant gives life-saving kidney to his former trainee, a Lakewood deputy

THE DAILY BREEZE | Sandy Mazza

Carson sheriff’s station Sergeant Darrin Offringa gave the ultimate gift to his former patrol partner Lakewood Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Ay by donating one of his kidneys to Ay who was in need of transplant due to renal failure. The transplant surgery took place November 29, 2016 and both are doing well. Ay, left, and Offringa laugh as they share story with news media during press conference at Hall of Justice in Los Angeles. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (Robert Casillas/Daily Breeze/SCNG)
Darrin Offringa gave his former trainee a priceless early Christmas gift that should stay with him for the rest of his life.

Offringa, a sergeant at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Carson station, donated his left kidney to Deputy Kevin Ay, who trained with him six years ago at the Lakewood station.

The two have been friends since they worked together. But their friendship has a new depth since the successful Nov. 29 transplant operation at UCLA Medical Center.

“I’ve always thought highly of Darrin. But knowing that I’m carrying him with me for the rest of my life is definitely a new experience,” Ay said. “Words can’t really express how grateful I am.

“If our story can help convince anybody to go through with it and make that donation, it’s the best gift anybody can make.”

WAITING FOR A KIDNEY

Ay was diagnosed with renal failure three years ago, at the age of 33. The disease, the result of a congenital birth defect, struck a week after Ay was promoted to training officer at the Lakewood station, where Offringa trained him to police the streets. Continue reading


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