’Life after death’: Recipient of fallen officer’s kidney surprises officer’s mother

’Life after death’: Recipient of fallen officer’s kidney surprises officer’s mother
Sharron Johnson, the mother of Officer Jody Smith, met one of the recipients of Smith's organs following his death in the line of duty. (Source: Brandon Simpson/Sharron Johnson)

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Nearly two years after his death in the line of duty, Georgia Southwestern State University Campus Safety Officer Jody Smith continued to make an impact on his community Tuesday.

Smith and his best friend, Americus Police Officer Nick Smarr, were shot while responding to a domestic call in December 2016. Both died from their injuries.

Smith was an organ donor. He helped save multiple lives in the days following his death.

READ MORE: One year later: Remembering fallen officers Jody Smith and Nick Smarr

Officer Jody Smith's organ recipient surprises Smith's mom

MUST WATCH: Many of you know, GSW campus safety officer Jody Smith was an organ donor when he was tragically killed in the line of duty, in December 2016. Today, one of the recipients of his life-saving donation surprised Smith's mother, Sumter Co. Sheriff's Sgt. Sharron Johnson. WARNING: This is a tear jerker. It is so bittersweet to see something so amazing come out of such a dark event in the city of Americus. The Smarr and Smith Foundation Sumter County Sheriff's Office

Posted by Emileigh Forrester WALB on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

His mother, Sgt. Sharron Johnson with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, received a list from the LifeLink Foundation, with the names of each recipient of Smith's gift of life.

Several months after her son's death, a relative of one of the recipients, Brandon Simpson, spoke to Johnson in public, letting her know how grateful she was for her son's donation.

But, Johnson had never met Simpson himself. That is, until Tuesday.

Simpson decided to concoct a surprise of sorts, and a bittersweet one at that.

Today was so special for me. Thanks to everyone who help make this happen today!!!

Posted by Brandon Simpson on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

After being pulled out of court, Smith's mom ended up surrounded by her co-workers, and two apparent strangers, with no idea why she was there.

"How do you know Brandon Simpson?" Col. Eric Bryant asked of Sgt. Johnson. "You're carrying a part of my baby aren't you?" Sgt. Johnson asked of Simpson, before he embraced her.

Simpson, according to Johnson, has some similarities with her son.

She called him a teddy bear, a phrase she's always used to describe Officer Smith.

She said the surprise was the definition of bittersweet.

She still hates that her son lost his life, but it gives her joy to know he helped save Brandon's life and the lives of several others.

Brandon told WALB he had been on dialysis for eight years before he received Officer Smith’s organ nearly two years ago.

Johnson said she told Brandon that God clearly has a purpose for him, and her advice for him was to spread God’s love.

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