Omaha man's legacy lives on through organ donation

KETV | Taylor Barth

Benny Gerken had a heart attack while helping a neighbor trim a tree after the recent storms. Despite the tragic loss, the 59-year-old will live on through his compassionate act of organ donation.


OMAHA, Neb. — Benny Gerken had a heart attack while helping a neighbor trim a tree after the recent storms. Despite the tragic loss, the 59-year-old will live on through his compassionate act of organ donation.

Gerken's family was honored Wednesday during a donor flag ceremony, put on by Nebraska Organ Recovery. It was the first ceremony to take place at Creighton University Medical Center at Bergan Mercy.

"There's always some good that comes out of sadness, and this is it," said Meg Gerken, Benny Gerken's wife.

It's been nearly two weeks since her husband suffered a massive heart attack.

"He was helping take some limbs off of a neighbor's house from the storm the previous night, the Friday night storm that rolled through," Meg Gerken said.

Despite his healthy, active lifestyle, Benny Gerken collapsed. His brother, who was also there, tried to give him CPR before paramedics arrived. He was just 62 days away from retiring from Burlington Northern, where he worked for 40 years. Continue reading 
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