In recognition of Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith’s donation of a portion of his liver to his uncle, the Kentucky General Assembly honored Meredith at the close of its session on Monday, March 21.
On Friday, Feb. 5, Meredith donated a large portion of his liver to his uncle Bruce, whom is battling liver disease, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
“I am extremely thankful and equally as shocked to have been honored by the General Assembly this past Monday,” said Buck Meredith. “This is an unexpected honor that I will cherish for the remainder of my life. I strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to please be an organ and tissue donor.”
Buck Meredith wished to thank District 18 State Representative Tim Moore and the General Assembly, as well as Clarkson City Commissioner Scotty Gore for writing the first draft of the resolution and the Clarkson community for its support.
“It’s awesome to see a community come together,” said Buck Meredith. “It was heartwarming.”
Moore sponsored the resolution and presented it to the General Assembly.
“We are always looking to recognize folks who do good things,” Moore said. “Buck exemplifies service before self.”
Moore said it was an honor to recognize the sacrifice Buck Meredith made to his uncle, as well as the support of Buck Meredith’s wife, Carla, the City of Clarkson, the Clarkson City Commission, and Clarkson Police Officer Rick Clemons, the latter of whom worked “countless unpaid hours of overtime” to allow Buck Meredith to undergo the procedure and subsequent recovery.
Gore issued the following statement regarding Meredith’s recognition:
Buck made a brave decision in donating much of his liver to his uncle. I think his actions deserve recognition and should serve as a reminder to others about the importance of organ donation. You can help save a life just like Buck did.
Buck’s devotion to his family and dedication to serving the Clarkson community as Police Chief should be commended. I thank him again for his actions and hard work, and wish both he and his uncle, Bruce Meredith, a quick recovery.
I also encourage everyone to come to the Clarkson Community Center on Saturday, April 23 from noon until 5 p.m. and donate blood in Buck’s honor and be a hero and help those in need.
To those considering being a living organ donor, but are unsure, Buck Meredith said, “Feel free to contact me. I’ll be glad to share my story with them.”
He can be reached at Clarkson City Hall or on Facebook.
Buck Meredith returns to work full-time on Monday, March 28, and, he said, his uncle is expected to return home early next month.
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