Shortly after CHP officer Kenyon Youngstrom was taken off life support Wednesday, his organs and tissue were donated. His Cordelia family released a statement on his final public act through the donor network nonprofit. Here is the news release:
The tragic death of California Highway Patrol Officer Kenyon Youngstrom in the line of duty leaves all of us with profound sense of grief, California Transplant Donor Network CEO Cynthia Siljestrom said Thursday. It was Kenyon's wish and that of his family that he continue to save lives as an organ and tissue donor. We are honored to be a part of carrying out that wish. About that gift of life, his family has issued the following statement:
"Kenyon was always giving to others and serving others as a CHP officer and in his life with us. Our grief is overwhelming. But in his special way, Kenyon carries on in helping others.
Those who knew him would not be surprised to learn that Kenyon chose to register as an organ and tissue donor.
When Kenyon graduated from the police academy he was told his job was to save a life; he does so now through his decision.
Through this gift, he will save the lives of those who need transplants as well as potentially improve the lives of many. This was our Kenyon, he's our hero and, in the midst of our grief, we are comforted to know he continues to help others."