La. trooper who died after chase saluted for donating organs

Louisiana State Police Trooper George Baker / Source: LSP
Louisiana State Police Trooper George Baker / Source: LSP(KNOE)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 4:48 PM CDT
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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.