Honor Walk for Ralston Firefighter

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Omaha, Neb -- The hallways of CUMC Bergan Mercy Hospital were lined with supporters early Friday morning. Medical staff, area first responders, and family members were there for an Honor Walk for Ralston Firefighter Brian Saathoff.

Brian Saathoff
Saathoff died unexpectedly last Tuesday. The Honor Walk is a ceremony in which an organ donor is taken in to have his or her organs retrieved.

His family wanted to share the moment with the rest of us.

Ralston Fire Chief Kevin Esicheid said Saathoff's death came as a shock, "He was always about helping others and his family first. His grandchildren specifically and now with his passing and him able to help other people after his passing is huge."

Chief Eischeid said Saathoff left behind a wife, his parents, and several children and grandchildren. Saathoff came from a long line of firefighters.

Fellow firefighter Mike Bramhall received a double lung transplant just three years ago.