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Firefighter donates kidney to fellow Ky. firefighter

Newport Firefighter Bob Hug was on dialysis for more than six months before receiving a kidney donation from his colleague, Ryan Whaley


By Leila Merrill
FireRescue1 Staff

NEWPORT, Ky. — Firefighter Ryan Whaley donated a kidney to fellow Kentucky firefighter Bob Hug on Monday.

Hug had been in need of a kidney transplant for more than a year and was on dialysis for over 6 months, according to Newport Professional Firefighters Local 45 IAFF.

Both men, who are members of Local 45, were recovering from surgery.

“This is one of the bravest acts of lifesaving which is only possible due to the selfless decision Brother Whaley made to donate his kidney to Brother Hug,” the firefighter organization said in a Facebook post. “This donation and transplant will transform lives and reshape the futures of these men and their families. This is what the fire service and fire family truly is all about. The bond and friendship we forge is everlasting.”