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Fla. officers help man in need of kidney

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TAMPA, Fla. (WHDH) - Robert Barbour's health was failing. He waited for a new kidney for 10 years until 10 days ago, when he got the call he had dreamed of.

"I told her what time to they need me there? She said, the coordinator said I need you there at 6 in the morning," said Barbour.

But driving to the hospital, the unthinkable happened: he got a flat tire.

His caregiver called 911 because they couldn't change the tire in time. Tampa police officers Jason Derocco and George Boyd responded to the call.

"Somebody who was on their way to the hospital had a flat tire and all we had were snippets that this guy was getting ready for some type of transplant," Derocco said.

When Barbour told the officers what time he had to be at the hospital for the kidney, they instantly hit the lights and siren, realizing they only had three minutes to get there.

"It was like they made it their priority to get me there and that meant a lot to me," Barbour said.

They made it, and Barbour got the kidney he desperately needed.

"It's one of the most rewarding things that personally I've done on this job. I've been here seven years and it's one of those calls you go home and you tell your family and your friends and it's just rewarding in its own right," said Boyd.
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