St. Tammany 'Deputy of the Year' donates kidney, saves child's life in 2016

NOLA | THE TIMES-PICAYUNE | Jan Lugenbuhl
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office designated Deputy Robert "Andre" Ardeneaux, Jr. as Deputy of the Year. (Courtesy of the St. Tammanany Parish Sheriff's Office) (St. Tammanany Parish Sheriff's O)
There are a lot of reasons why the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office designated Deputy Robert "Andre" Ardeneaux, Jr. as Deputy of the Year.

Within the space of a year - 2016 - Ardeneaux faced a remarkable series of challenges and met them with aplomb, including voluntarily participating in flood rescues, sustaining on-the-job injuries, and saving his toddler son's life.

While valiant, all that falls into the typical life of a law enforcement officer. But Ardeneaux stepped outside the line of duty when he donated a kidney to a wounded deputy in another parish.

The kicker is when Ardeneaux considered organ donation, he didn't know his kidney would go to a fellow officer.

The situation came about when a friend of his had been tested as a kidney-donor match, with the friend's mother-in-law being the possible recipient. This selfless gesture appealed to Ardeneaux. Ardeneaux too decided to be tested. Continue reading

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