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Grand Forks Fireplace Captain Logan Schonert was acknowledged because the VFW’s North Dakota Firefighter of the Year last April, and this month was chosen from a gaggle of winners all through the U.S. because the nationwide award’s recipient. He was honored in a quick ceremony final Friday, Could 7, on the Grand Forks Fireplace Division.
Schonert stated he felt just a little awkward amid all the eye — whereas grateful for the accolades, they don’t seem to be the rationale he determined to donate his kidney to former Grand Forks Fireplace Battalion Chief Rick Aamot final yr.
“I did not need publicity for doing that, I simply needed to assist him out,” Schonert stated. “I feel the extra vital factor is getting individuals to know that the donation course of could be quite simple, and it might probably change anyone’s life. And on the donor facet, it has fairly minimal impression. I lead a very regular life like nothing has ever modified.”
Schonert’s time with the fireplace division overlapped with Aamot’s for a few decade earlier than Aamot’s 30-year profession was minimize just a few months quick by his prognosis with a uncommon protein illness that attacked his kidneys and coronary heart. Quickly, Aamot was on dialysis thrice per week and was in want of a kidney.
Ready for a kidney on the transplant checklist can take years, and so Aamot approached the firefighters’ union to ask for assist trying to find an organ donor. When Schonert heard what was occurring, he stated he took a check to see if he may very well be a match — and he was.
Grand Forks Fireplace Chief Gary Lorenz stated he could not describe how proud he was of Schonert.
“It warms my coronary heart to know that, , here is one among our individuals keen to go and do that selfless act, this act of kindness, to assist a former firefighter,” Lorenz stated. “All people within the division is admittedly impressed and happy with him.”
Lorenz additionally famous that Schonert has had a making an attempt yr himself — final January, his 17-year-old son Kaiser suffered a traumatic head damage whereas horseback using in Grand Forks. He has spent the final two months in a hospital in Nebraska, with Schonert driving backwards and forwards between there and Grand Forks on four-day weekends between shifts on the fireplace division.
Kaiser returned dwelling to Grand Forks on Friday, Could 14, the place he and his household will proceed to work in the direction of his restoration.
“We’ll maintain going along with his restoration, and push him to get higher, and get him to do among the issues he likes — fishing and getting outside, the place he desires to be as an alternative of the hospital,” Schonert stated.