April 20, 2021

Police off the Cuff After Hours episode # 31/2021 with retired NYPD detective and kidney donator Michael Lollo.

Police off the Cuff After Hours episode # 31/2021 with retired NYPD detective and kidney donator Michael Lollo.

Detective Michael Lollo started his police career in July of 1999.  After graduating from the Police Academy, he was assigned to the 110 Precinct in Queens.   Soon after, Michael was recruited to work at the Police Academy; at first as an instructor and then with the Research and Development Unit. In 2006, Detective Lollo went to work for the Real Time Crime Center located at One Police Plaza.  From there, Detective Lollo began his work with the Intelligence Bureau, initially in the Sensitive Data Unit and then to the Threat Assessment and Protection Unit, from where he retired on August 28, 2020.  In April of 2018, Detective Lollo saw an NYPD Intranet posting about Police Officer Tommy Alexander from the NYPD Harbor Unit.  Tommy was in need of a kidney.  At that time, Detective Lollo inquired to donate to Tommy, but his attempts were unsuccessful.  A few months later, in September of 2018, Detective Lollo saw a NY Post story about Marc Weiner.  Marc had a billboard in Times Square that was donated in order to help with the search for a kidney he desperately needed.  Michael contacted Marc and began his journey to donate a kidney- unfortunately, it was discovered that Marc and Detective Lollo were not a match.  However, the staff at Weill Cornell’s Transplant Center informed Michael that, if he wanted to do so, Michael could become an Altruistic or Non-Directed Donor which would create a potential kidney chain. On December 19, 2018, Detective Lollo did, in fact, become a Non-Directed Donor and his kidney was successfully transplanted to his intended recipient, a stranger, at the Walter Reed Medical Center.  Detective Lollo’s act of kindness created a two-person kidney chain.  Michael later discovered that his kidney went to a 59 year-old woman living in Pennsylvania.  While her husband was not a match for her, he continued the “chain” and donated his kidney to another.  Michael has been fortunate to get to meet his recipient Ruth and her husband Paul and a Mets game in July of 2019.  They remain close and have even spent Thanksgiving together. Detective Lollo has been married to his wife Maeghan for fifteen years and they share three children- Jack, Harper and Claire.  Michael notes that both his wife and children were extremely supportive of his decision to donate and without such support, as well as the support of his entire NYPD family, this would not have been possible.  Detective Lollo now continues to promote organ donation awareness through a organization called the National Kidney Donation Organization (NKDO) and hopes to help educate and inspire others to consider Living Kidney Donation.

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