Kidney from fallen Missouri officer goes to another cop

Kidney From Fallen Missouri Officer Goes To Another Cop
Springfield Police Officer Mark Priebe (left), Independence Police Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans (right)
Photos from Springfield Police Department

INDEPENDENCE, Mo.  — A fallen Missouri police officer has helped a fellow officer in a time of need.

Independence Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans, 22, graduated from the police academy just two months ago and was fatally shot by a suspect on Wednesday. The suspect also died in the shootout.

Madrid-Evans was an organ donor and Springfield Officer Mark Priebe needed a new kidney. In June of 2020, a vehicle intentionally hit Priebe, paralyzing him. Then, his kidneys started to fail. By July, he began dialysis.

On Saturday, doctors performed the transplant in St. Louis. Only a day after giving Preibe’s family the news that they were a match.

Priebe said he is “forever grateful” to Madrid-Evans. Though, he noted that it is difficult to comprehend “why I am allowed to continue to live, and this young, brand new officer had to pay the ultimate sacrifice. I hope that I can honor him and his family by the way I live my life.”

You can continue to follow Officer Priebe’s journey and recovery on Facebook. You can also direct support for Officer Madrid-Evans toward the Independence Police Foundation, which is accepting donations on behalf of his family.