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Cop gets surgeon, liver to emergency transplant after crash

Posted January 11

In this photo provided by the East Cocalico Township Police Department, Sgt. Darrick Keppley poses Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, in Denver, Pa. On Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, Keppley drove a surgeon, an assistant and a donated liver about 60 miles to a transplant operation already underway in Philadelphia, after their vehicle skidded off an icy Lancaster County roadway en route from York, Pa. (East Cocalico Township Police Department via AP)

— A police officer responding to a crash wound up driving a surgeon, an assistant and a donated liver to a Philadelphia hospital for an emergency transplant.

East Cocalico Township police Sgt. Darrick Keppley says he came upon a disabled vehicle Saturday afternoon that had skidded off the icy road.

The team was transporting a liver from York to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where a patient already was in the operating room.

Keppley says he offered to help. The doctor and assistant piled into his vehicle, he switched on his lights and sirens and navigated the snowy 60 miles east to Philadelphia.

Keppley says he was hoping to get a cheesesteak but had to get back to work.

The surgeon told the York Daily Record the transplant went "very, very well."

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  • Renee Grainger Jan 12, 6:42 a.m.
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    Organ donation is one of the greatest gifts that anyone could offer to another person. Thank God this policeman had it in him to complete this journey. Hopefully, he got his cheesesteak. If not, I will buy him one. :)