The Dry Creek-Lokoya Volunteer Fire Department
Dry Creek-Lokoya Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Van Oeveren needs the gift of a live kidney. It is an extraordinary act of kindness to consider this Gift of Life.
Kenneth has been working with the UC Davis Transplant Program which is one of the top transplant centers in the country. He has been on the waitlist since 2014.
Kenneth has been a firefighter helping others since the 1960’s. Beginning in High School in Marin County he was a Volunteer and later became a paid firefighter while in college. When he enlisted in the military during the Vietnam War era Ken joined the Navy as a Damage Control man in charge of shipboard firefighting. Ken was medically discharged from the Navy due to a service connected disability (arthritis). The Veterans Administration treated this condition with early and now outdated medications that eventually damaged his kidneys enough that they have been very slowly getting worse ever since. In spite of this illness, Ken has been with the Dry Creek-Lokoya Volunteer Fire Department of Napa County for over 12 years.
A few key things about being a kidney donor:
- According to UC Davis, “Donors do not have an increased risk of death or kidney disease when compared to non-donors in the same age and ethnic group.”
- As a result of the new anti-rejection drugs, the “matching” of donor/recipient has become much easier. For situations where donor/recipient is not compatible, “kidney paired exchange” programs allow these donors to be paired and matched with other compatible pairs.
- Organ donors need to be in good health, without high blood pressure, kidney, heart, liver or other major health issues.
- The donor kidney is removed using a laparoscopic procedure. The UC Davis transplant surgeons are leaders in performing this surgical approach, which results in a quicker recovery, and many are done with a single incision near the belly button. A full recovery is six weeks, however some patients feel ready to do non-strenuous daily activities before this.
- All donation-related medical testing and the hospitalization are paid for by the recipient’s insurance. Tests that are considered routine health care are not covered and should be done by the donor’s doctor; such as mammogram, pap smear and colonoscopy.
If you decide to be MY HERO, please let me know you have started the process.
To call the transplant center with process or medical questions:
(916) 734-2307 or 1-800-821-9912
Dry Creek-Lokoya Volunteer Fire Department selects Napa County Firefighter of the Year
Josh Christie was selected as Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for the Dry Creek-Lokoya Volunteer Fire Department by the members of the department.
Josh has been a volunteer Firefighter with the Dry Creek -Lokoya Volunteer Fire Department since 2006. He has exceeded our expectations in responding to incidents, attending trainings, work parties, and has been instrumental in maintaining the fire station and emergency apparatus.
We thank him for his continual support.
The Dry Creek-Lokoya Fire Department response area covers 200 square miles encompassing the western hills of Napa Valley. This area is steep and accessible by few roads, so we locate our apparatus in strategic places within our district to optimize our response time to any given location.