Late Poway resident honored at organ donor ceremony

THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE  | Elizabeth Marie Himchak
Vista Firefighter Mike McFadden handing a Donate Life flag to San Diego Police Sgt. Rich Metz during the April 28 ceremony. (Courtesy photo)
To conclude National Donate Life Month in San Diego County, Palomar Medical Center Escondido held a flag lowering ceremony.

During the April 28 event, Vista Firefighter of the Year Mike McFadden presented a Donate Life flag to San Diego Police Sgt. Rich Metz, a Poway resident. Metz accepted the flag on behalf of the family of the late SDPD Detective Tim Williams, a Poway resident and 30-year police officer, who as an organ donor saved the lives of three people after he died in a 2015 bicycle accident.

Almost 10 years ago McFadden received a heart transplant. Palomar Health officials said he is the first heart transplant recipient in the U.S. to return to active duty as a firefighter. Continue reading

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