La. trooper who died after chase saluted for donating organs
Louisiana State Police are calling Trooper George Baker’s decision to donate his organs a “last act of selfless service.”
Baker died Sunday from injuries he suffered Wednesday when hit by a Hammond police officer during a vehicle pursuit. The 33-year-old trooper’s body was taken from North Oaks Medical Center so his organs could be donated, escorted by a caravan of state police cars.
Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency spokesperson Kirsten Heintz says organ donations are rate because the person has to sustain a brain injury or die in a certain way in a hospital to be eligible. She says a donor can help up to 50 other people. More than 112,000 people across the country are waiting for donations.