Former South Bend police officer and organ donor to be honored at Tournament of Roses Parade


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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Levell Tempo was a police officer at Indiana College in South Bend.

Levell was diabetic and in poor health with kidney failure, ready on a kidney transplant.

Sadly, he was by no means capable of obtain one.

“He grew to become in poor health with kidney failure in early 2001. We had been doing, uhm, dialysis three days every week when he really had a large coronary heart assault on November 30th, 2002, so 19 years in the past tomorrow, uhm that he handed away,” stated Melissa Tempo, Levell’s spouse.

Levell handed away on the age of 34, and as an alternative of getting a transplant, he ended up giving life saving presents to others.

“He was probably the most kindest and caring people you’d ever wish to meet. He was the kind of individual that might provide the final 5 {dollars} out of his pockets in the event you wanted it,” stated Melissa.

Levell donated his bone, pores and skin, tissue, and corneas to assist save lives, and now he’s being honored on the Event of Roses Parade with a floragraph- a portrait of a deceased organ, tissue, or cornea donor made out of natural supplies.

The floragraph shall be proudly displayed on the Donate Life float.

Melissa Tempo select to make use of espresso grounds for the portrait, telling us that she is comfortable to have the ability to assist in honoring her late husband and the presents he has given.

“Organ and tissue donation is so essential, uhm, it doesn’t matter what you suppose, I all the time inform everybody to enroll and let the medical doctors type it out. Even in the event you don’t suppose you possibly can donate something, crucial factor is simply to do this act after which allow them to determine it out,” stated Melissa.

The Tempo household put their ending touches on the floragraph of Levell, and now it’s set to be shipped to California for placement on the Donate Life float.

The Event of Roses Parade will happen earlier than the Rose Bowl Sport, at 11 A.M. EST., on New Years Day.

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