Cop Donates Kidney To Veteran He Meets At Cracker Barrel Only To Learn Truth About Their Meeting 1 Yr Later
FaithTap Staff 2/17/2019
Receiving help just when you think you have no one left to turn to is definitely a blessing. But, being the person who extends help to someone who is so down in hopelessness is an even greater blessing. It is something short of a miracle.
Lt. John Branson, a police officer from Anderson Police Department, did not expect to meet Vietnam veteran Edgar Roberts when he entered a Cracker Barrel one simple summer day in 2017. He was there to have breakfast, but he ended up striking a conversation with this man who gave him the chance to do something that he will remember for the rest of his life.
When Lt. Branson saw Edgar sitting by himself wearing a veterans hat, he didn't think twice about popping by to start a conversation. Their conversation started from talks about his son's imminent graduation from the naval academy to the story of how Edgar lost both of his kidneys. Edgar also informed Lt. Branson that he had been on dialysis for about five years.
For about a year after their meeting, Lt. Branson and Edgar kept in touch until Edgar informed the police officer that his condition had become worse and he was still in search for a kidney donor. The police officer was so touched by the man's story that he decided to undergo tests to find out if he was a match. Lt. Branson went to submit his blood works to the clinic and coincidentally, the police officer was a perfect match!
Upon learning this, Lt. Branson did not hesitate to donate his kidney to help the veteran in need. He was amazed that such a fortunate coincidence could happen, one that had given him a great opportunity to help out and save a comrade. Somehow, their families knew that everything would go smoothly during the procedure. In fact Mrs. Branson recalls hearing a gospel song on the radio that she knew Edgar's family sang in church. Just as she heard the song play on the radio she looked up to spot a license plate in front of her written out to spell "Edgar". This wasn't a coincidence.
Lt. Branson strongly believes that the truth behind all this is that God intervened for them to meet at the right time and at the right place.
It was a chance encounter and yet, it became a huge and life-changing moment for both men. Fortunately, Lt. Branson had the heart to help out another person who badly needed to be saved.
They may not be related at all, but the bond that was created because of one police officer's willingness to give is something that is definitely extraordinary. He may have lost one kidney, but in the process he gained a friend for life.