ATF agent donates kidney to federal agent suffering from disease

CLICK 2 HOUSTON | Robert Arnold
HOUSTON - A friendship forged in the perils of law enforcement led to an incredible act of generosity from one federal agent to another. Doug Kunze and Jeff Brown have known each other since 1997; both were special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Both men have been from El Salvador to Iraq on missions to share their expertise with other police officers and soldiers.

“We were teaching them how to investigate post-blast incidents,” Kunze said.

Four years ago, Kunze was told during an ATF physical that his chronic kidney disease was advancing to the point he would eventually need a donor or be on dialysis.

“I just sat it my truck for a minute thinking about it,” Kunze said. “I just said, 'You know what? I'm not giving up.'”

Kunze’s kidney disease advanced to a point that, in June 2016, he was put on a kidney-transplant list. Without a donor, Kunze was facing the certainty of dialysis. Continue reading
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