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Police officer donating kidney to 8-year-old boy she just met

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(Credit: Jessica Gutzman / Gutzman Photography) (Credit: Jessica Gutzman / Gutzman Photography)
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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WISN/CNN) – A Wisconsin police officer is going above and beyond the call of duty by donating her kidney to an 8-year-old boy she recently met, thanks to the power of social media.

After years of searching for a donor, Kristi Goll turned to Facebook in early December to find someone willing to give her 8-year-old son Jackson a kidney.

Officer Lindsey Bittorf of the Milton Police Department knew she couldn’t pass up the chance to help, despite not knowing the family.

“I’m pretty set in my ways, so if I set my mind to something, there’s really no talking me out,” she said. “I was doing it.”

Bittorf decided to get tested and learned she was a match earlier this month. Shortly thereafter, she visited the family to surprise them with the good news.

Photos captured by Bittorf’s friend and photographer Jessica Gutzman show the officer handing Jackson a plaque that reads in part: “Jackson, I took an oath to serve and protect my community. My kidney will now be able to serve and protect you.”

“Jackson is so excited and says ‘I think my new kidney will make me run faster!’ Today you became our hero,” Goll wrote of Bittorf in a Facebook post.

The transplant is scheduled for June 22.

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