Fla. officers help man in need of kidney - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Fla. officers help man in need of kidney

Posted: Updated:
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.
  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • Rule change: Blood and bumps at Commonwealth Games

    Rule change: Blood and bumps at Commonwealth Games

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:43:20 GMT
    It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, one of the fighters had a large lump on his head, and the other had blood streaming down his face.[more]
    It was the first bout of the boxing competition at the Commonwealth Games. Within minutes, one of the fighters had a large lump on his head, and the other had blood streaming down his face.[more]
  • Central American leaders convening at White House

    Central American leaders convening at White House

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:35:28 GMT
    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...[more]
    President Barack Obama will urge Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States, even as Congress remains deeply divided over proposals to stem the...[more]
  • Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

    Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:34:18 GMT
    French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.[more]
    French soldiers recovered a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, officials said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the...[more]
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK
Corporate Media Services: (800) 642-1551

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.