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CO1 Pierce Presented with Albion Key Award

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July 08, 2019 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

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Superintendent Michael Clark and CO1 Al PierceSCI Albion Superintendent Michael Clark presented Corrections Officer 1 (CO1) Al Pierce with an Albion Key Award on June 25 for his heroic actions in saving the life of his brother.

Pierce's brother had been on the list for a kidney transplant for a lengthy period. Earlier this year, Pierce was tested and it was discovered that he was a perfect match. He then made the selfless decision to donate a kidney to his brother, which ultimately saved his life. Because of Pierce's heroic action his brother is making a complete recovery and will return back to work for the first time in two years.

Every 10 minutes, another person is added to an Organ Transplant Waiting List and 82 percent of patients waiting are in need of a kidney. The average time it takes to receive a kidney from a suitable donor is 3-5 years. Recovery time for a kidney donor is 2-7 days in the hospital with a return to normal activities about a month after surgery

Pierce began his career with the Department of Corrections on June 2, 1997, and is a long-time member of our Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT).

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