Hamilton County officer in desperate need of kidney donation

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - The family of an officer with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to find him a living kidney donor, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Sergeant Jay Schmitt is suffering from chronic kidney disease and has recently been diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure.

"Right now, I'm at a five stage kidney failure," said Sergeant Schmitt,"...and I'm on dialysis three days a week."

Schmitt's family is searching for a living kidney donor for the 33-year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

Sergeant Schmitt's wife Terry Schmitt said, "Every time I pick Jay up from the dialysis center, I keep thinking 'maybe one of those people may need a kidney transplant. Do they have somebody advocating for them?"

Schmitt was previously a firefighter for Colerain Township and had been working with youth in the community as a D.A.R.E officer, according to a family member.

"He hasn't taught D.A.R.E. all these years just to do it. You know, he does all these neighborhood watch meetings because he cares about his community," said Terry Schmitt.

Sergeant Schmitt agreed with his wife," It's reaching out to the community beside seeing the kids grow… making sure that they get them on the right path."

The Schmitt family is preparing to participate in the 2018 Cincinnati Kidney Walk on May 20th. The Schmitt's have organized a team that is currently comprised of 48 people.

Those that are interested in becoming a possible donor can contact Christ Hospital at 513-585-1427.

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