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Former DARE student donating kidney to police officer in need of transplant

Warner Robins police officer Porter Wood, left, will receive a kidney from Trey Ammons, a former student in Wood's DARE class who now works for the city.
Warner Robins police officer Porter Wood, left, will receive a kidney from Trey Ammons, a former student in Wood's DARE class who now works for the city. breaking@macon.com

A Warner Robins police officer is getting a potentially life-saving kidney transplant from a man he once taught.

Porter Wood has a rare disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering capacity.

For several years, Wood has smiled his way through his declining kidney function and kept his positive attitude.

The 26-year veteran of the police force needs a kidney transplant, and he didn’t have look past the roster of city workers to find one.

One of Wood’s former DARE students who is currently a city employee, Trey Ammons, is a match and will donate his kidney for a transplant June 23 at Piedmont Hosptal in Atlanta.

Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms was beaming with pride Tuesday on his Facebook page.

“I am extremely proud of our employees and ask that each of you pray for both of these awesome men as they will be having major surgery next month,” Toms posted.

Ammons’ Facebook page only hints about his generosity.

On May 25, he shared a post from Power of Positivity that shows a boy pedaling a bike with a little girl on the back.

“If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that,” the text read.

Wood’s wife, Teresa Fountain Wood, commented on Ammons’ post: “Thank you for making this household very happy and blessed!”

“I’m happy to help!” he responded.

Teresa Wood also set up an internet fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 to offset costs of treatment for her husband and Ammons.

“It’s the very least we can do,” Teresa Wood wrote, noting that the donor is giving part of himself to save her husband.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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