A gift from the family of one fallen officer to another

Aaron Krause • May 25, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Organ donation united the families of slain Sandusky police officer Andrew Dunn and the parents of a late Sacramento, Calif. police officer, Joseph Chairez.

Norwalk resident Kathi Flew's late son, Dylan, who died in a motorcycle accident in July 2006, saved five lives through organ donation and 64 lives through tissue donation. She met Chairez's father, Jess, at the Transplant Games of America in 2012, a multi-sport festival for people who've undergone life-saving transplant surgeries.

At that event, the two started talking about Dunn, who was shot and killed while attempting to question a suspect in Sandusky on March 19, 2011.

Flew asked Chairez, who learned to make special quilts after receiving badges from various police officers, if he could make a quilt for the Dunn family. Dunn left behind a wife who is a Norwalk High School graduate and two small children.

"I thought about it for half a second and I said sure," Chairez said recently at an event in Norwalk promoting organ donation.

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