A NYPD officer was fatally shot in Harlem last week. Now, he is giving the gift to others through organ donation. Wilber Mora’s organs went to five people, a wish come true for his family, CBS News reported.
“When Officer Wilbert Mora’s family was notified of his passing, his family knew their brave and dedicated son would want to continue to save lives, even in death,”Leonard Achan, President and CEO of LiveOnNY (a non-profit organization for organ donation), said the statement.
Achon said that Mora, a 27-year-old man, donated his heart and liver, two kidneys, two of his kidneys, and a portion of his pancreas. The organs will be donated to two New Yorkers and two from outside the state.
“We are humbled and honored to be the steward of these gifts on behalf of Officer Mora and his family so others may live on,” Achan said.
Mora and two other New York Police Department officers responded to a call about a domestic dispute between a mother and son on Friday. Mora and another officer, Jason Rivera, 22, were both shot. Rivera died at the scene, while Mora was transported to the hospital in critical condition where he died on Tuesday.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of Wilbert Mora, Police Officer.” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Tuesday. “Wilbert is three-times a hero. You chose to live a service-oriented life. To protect others by sacrificing his own life. Organ donation is a way to give life, even when it’s over. Our heads are down and our hearts are heavy.”