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Retired sheriff's employee gives thanks to friend for kidney

Posted: 12:42 PM, Nov 22, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-22 14:42:28-05
Former PCSD staffer thanks friend for kidney
Former PCSD staffer thanks friend for kidney

The Pima County Sheriff's Department is celebrating an employee who donated a kidney to a former coworker.

Reports say Chad Avery, a civilian employee at the department in Tucson, volunteered to be tested to see if he was a match with his former boss and longtime friend, Jim Anderson, who is diabetic and needed a kidney.
A year later, surgeons in Phoenix performed the transplant. Both are doing well.
Anderson was Avery's boss at the Pima County Detention Center but had to retire early because of health issues. The two kept in touch over the years, seeing each other at reunions.
Avery says it was an easy decision to donate his kidney because was raised to help others.