In death, fallen Highlands County Deputy saves 6 lives as an organ donor

ABC ACTION NEWS | Julie Salomone

Deputy Gentry was a registered organ donor

TAMPA, Fla. — A fallen Highlands County deputy will save at least six people by being a registered organ donor.

Deputy William Gentry Jr. died at Lee Memorial Hospital on Monday afternoon. He was shot by a suspect while responding to a call in Lake Placid on Sunday.

He was a registered organ donor. He will save the lives of six people and his tissue donation could help up to 70 others.

"He's actually able to donate his heart, liver, both lungs, and both kidneys," said Betsy Edwards, Senior Public Affairs Coordinator for LifeLink.

Deputy Gentry's law enforcement family gathered outside Lee Memorial on Tuesday. They raised an organ donor flag. It will fly for three days and then be presented to his family.

"I know it's an awful tragedy what occurred, but what is going to come of it, it's just unexplainable and can't be put into words," said Evelyn Legon, an organ recipient.

Evelyn Legon said Deputy Gentry made a selfless decision. About 10 years ago, an organ donor saved her life. Continue reading