Texas FF donates organs after fatal off-duty injury

"This just goes to show the kind of person Clifford [Haney] was, that he’s still giving," said Lyle Lombard, director of public safety for the city of Fate


By Leila Merrill

ROCKWALL COUNTY, Texas — A Texas volunteer firefighter was taken off life support Tuesday and has donated his organs, NBCDFW reported.

Clifford Haney,45, suffered major injuries after a fall at his off-duty job as an HVAC technician last week.

“You know he was handsome, just professional, healthy, good man, you just wouldn’t think that would happen to Clifford Haney,” said Martin Ramirez, director of operations for Rockwall County EMS. "Clifford was just a humble servant, he served quietly and he was so grateful to do his job in Rockwall County."

Haney served as a volunteer firefighter in the city of Fate for the last five years. He previously worked at other agencies in North Texas.

An honor walk was held Tuesday as Haney was moved to a hospital operating room Tuesday to have his organs removed.

"This just goes to show the kind of person Clifford was, that he’s still giving, he gave to our community every day and he still continues to do that with his donations of his organs," said Lyle Lombard, director of public safety for the city of Fate.

According to Southwest Transplant Alliance, Haney's heart and liver have recipients.

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