Loved ones of crime victim organ donors speak out about donations

WISHTV | Brenna Donnelly

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- In March of 2018, three known victims of violent crime in central Indiana had elected to donate their organs as their last act. Family members and friends said through the shocking and emotional loss of their loved one, the promise of another life saved has provided some measure of comfort and healing.

Friday, March 2, 2018, hundreds of thousands in Indiana mourned for the loss of Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Pickett, shot serving a search warrant in Lebanon. The 34-year-old was a husband to a Brownsburg school teacher, and father of two boys. Those who knew Deputy Pickett personally were quick to share anecdotes of him helping them in a variety of large and small ways.

"I felt very proud of Jake, always giving," said Sergeant Chris Burcham, who was Deputy Pickett's commanding sergeant in the Boone County Sheriff's Office. "He's a giving person. He helped me build a tree house in my backyard, we golfed together."

Deputy Pickett was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, where Sheriff Mike Nielsen announced in a press conference that he would not survive his injuries.

"Jake continues to give life after death by being an organ donor," Sheriff Nielsen said at that press conference. Continue reading