Transplant recipient meets fallen officer's family at emotional event

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Fallen Conway police officer Will McGary donated three organs to the transplant list, and his family finally met one of the recipients on Sunday.

    In an emotionally charged event, Brianna Watts and McGary's parents remembered Will's life through stories and pictures. It was the first time Watts was able to thank her donor's family in person.

    "I didn't know what to expect, but when I walked through that door and they hugged me, it was pretty touching," recalled the sixteen year old recipient. "I didn't want to go the rest of my life without knowing who saved me."

    Tanya McGary also had some nerves building up to the meeting.

    "We've been anxious and excited to meet her-see who she is and how her life's changed," she explained. "We actually get to see hope. We get to see how his gift of life has changed someone's life."

    McGary was killed in January while directing traffic at an accident. Barry Strickland, the driver of the car that hit McGary, is awaiting trial on charges of first degree battery.

    "I think he was a very caring person and kind and he loved to help others," Watts told reporters. "I'm just honored to have his kidney and really honored to be able to continue on with my life."

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