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When we think of live saving awards, we think of saving people from burning buildings, raging rivers or some kind of other heroic rescue. Manatee County Fire Chiefs Association presented Lt. Derek Foss with the Chief’s Gallantry Star for Bravery which has only been given out once before. Lt. Foss donated one of his kidneys to a brother firefighter’s wife. Brianne Baker a Nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tampa General Hospital has a kidney disease also with a rare antigen in her blood which brings her chance of finding a kidney from 96% to 4%.
With Brianne’s health quickly deteriorating, her husband Battalion Chief Joel Baker put out the word to Manatee County Firefighter for help. Lt. Foss went for the test and came back a perfect match for the donation, there was no doubt he wanted to do it, he checked with his family and next was a phone call to the Baker family. After several tests and knowing the dangers involved with this type of operation the procedure took place on June 2nd. Both Lt. Foss and Brianne are doing well.

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WILLIE CIRONESenior Correspondent

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