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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:14 AM
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The Heart of a Hero Beats On
'The Worst Thing That Could Happen' Becomes Another's Chance to Live

Cpl. Benjamin Kopp gave his life. And then he saved one.


An Army Ranger who had been on his third tour of duty, Kopp was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Sadly, it's a familiar story: a young man dead before his time, shot by unnamed enemies on the other side of the world.

But this time, there was a renewed life, too. Kopp wanted to be an organ donor. And after he died, his heart was transplanted into a family member's friend who had a rare form of congenital heart disease.

"How can you have a better heart?" said a grateful Judy Meikle, 57, of Winnetka, Ill., who is still recovering from the surgery. "I have the heart of a 21-year-old Army Ranger war hero beating in me."

Kopp's mother, Jill Stephenson of Rosemount, Minn., said that in addition to her son's heart, doctors removed his kidneys, pancreas and liver for transplant.

"It helps my sorrow; it eases my pain. It really does," Stephenson said. "I know that Ben wanted to help save lives . . . and it really prolongs Ben's life and honors his memory so much and honors me in that we could save other lives."



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...


A hero in more ways than one. RIP Corporal Kopp. :patriot:
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armyowalgreens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:16 AM
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1. K&R A true hero.
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Fleet Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:17 AM
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2. +1
Thanks for sharing the story.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:18 AM
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3. he was just a baby
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 07:25 AM by proud patriot
:cry: ..Though I wish we all be so generous .

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Vektor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:22 AM
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4. Thanks for sharing this story.
RIP, Corporal Kopp.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:23 AM
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5. RIP
Condolences to his family & friends. :patriot:
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:32 AM
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6. I wish he had been home instead of fighting these useless wars.
:cry:

But I'm glad he was an organ donor and he's saving lives after his death. That is a wonderful thing.

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Fleet Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:35 AM
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7. His service was by no means useless.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 08:35 AM
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8. Wow. Great story. A hero in so many ways.
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