Alabama firefighter donates kidney to fellow firefighter, lifelong friend

  • Source: WKRG-TV CBS 5 Mobile
  • Published: 02/12/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Saving lives just comes with the territory of being a firefighter — so if your life is in jeopardy who better to turn to? In this case: not only a firefighter but a best friend. For as long as just about anybody can remember, Kevin Barnwell and Devery Thomas have pretty much been joined at the hip. “We were friends before we could walk really,” says Kevin. They played ball together, joined the fire service together and were the best men at each other’s weddings. “I tell people that we are closer than most siblings,” says Devery. “I don’t think they have ever had an argument,” adds Kevin’s wife, Candi. Like most friendships, tests and trials have happened over the last couple of years. Kevin had a stroke that left him in a wheelchair, eventually, his kidneys started to fail which meant dialysis three times a week.


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