Anderson police officer to donate one of his kidneys to Vietnam veteran in need

FOX 59 | Haley Bull and Trevor Shirley

ANDERSON, Ind.-- Police officers are used to helping strangers, but the help they give usually isn't as serious as an organ transplant.

Last summer, Anderson Police Department Lieutenant John Branson struck up a conversation with Vietnam veteran Edgar Roberts at a restaurant.

"I walked through a Cracker Barrel and I'd seen a gentleman sitting by himself, who had a Vietnam marine hat on," said Branson.

The two shared a meal and talked about Branson's son, who was about to graduate from the Naval Academy.

They also discussed how Roberts, 70, is in need of a new kidney. He lost both of his to cancer and has been on dialysis for five years.

After hearing that, Branson decided to get tested. He was a perfect match.

"He called me up and said we was a perfect match and I was just just couldn't believe it," said Roberts.

Now, Branson is preparing to go under the knife to donate a kidney and save his new friend's life. Continue reading