7 years after his death, a Denver officer is still saving lives

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DENVER — A Denver police officer continues to give back to the community, seven years after she was fatally shot in the line of duty.

For the first time, the parents of officer Celena Hollis revealed she was an organ donor after her death in 2012.

Hollis’ parents spoke at the Denver Police Museum’s unveiling of the 160th anniversary commemorative badge.

Vincent Hollis said, “She was an organ donor, so she’s always there to help people.” Her mother, Dorothy, said: ‘She loved her job. She was a donor.

Hollis was killed at the City Park Jazz Festival in 2012. Her parents say they originally didn’t want to know what happened to her donations.

She said: “Someone had written it, it was so deep, they wanted to know if we wanted to read it.” The letter moved the Hollis family.

Dorothy said, “They sent it to us. It was a blessing to know not only from memory, but she is always there to help with her gifts. There are people walking around. It is a blessing to know that my child is always helping and always there.

Hollis’ family believe she can help others too by sharing her story.

According to Donor Alliance and Donate Life Colorado, every 10 minutes someone is added to the national organ transplant waiting list.

1,989 people in our community are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. But organ donations are on the rise, up 27% from a decade ago.

Brianna DePilato, Communications Coordinator for Donor Alliance said, “The gift of life is truly amazing. a person has the capacity to save up to 8 lives through organ donation and to heal and save 75 lives through tissue donation. We had a record organ donation last year. 160 organ donors saved 489 lives in our region. And though it’s amazing, we can always use people who sign up to be organ donors.”

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