Newbern policeman to receive kidney transplant

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Newbern's Assistant Police Chief Red Barnes poses for a photo at a Depot Days booth raising funds for his upcoming kidney transplant. Barnes, who has been on dialysis for six years, will travel to Birmingham, Ala. in October to receive a kidney from his son. Donations to help with expenses related to the trip and the surgery may be made at any Security Bank branch to the Red Barnes/Roy Pugh benefit account. From left, Amy Ricketts, Barnes, Betty Pugh and Ruby Ricketts.

Newbern Police Department's Assistant Chief Red Barnes knows about giving. As an officer, he has helped give peace of mind to Newbern residents for over three decades.

His son, Tony Barnes, also serves his community in his profession as a teacher and baseball coach for the Chester County School System.

This fall, Tony Barnes will have the opportunity to provide a precious gift to the man who gave him life when he donates a kidney to his father.

Red Barnes has worked for the NPD for 31 years. For the past six, he has been battling kidney disease and undergoing dialysis while still working. Next month, he will travel to the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham to receive a kidney transplant.

At Saturday's Depot Days, a booth was erected to raise funds to help the Barnes family with expenses related to the trip and the surgery.

"Any kind of help would be appreciated," said Barnes, who covets prayers from his community most of all. "I am giving it all to God and I know everything will be all right."

Donations to the Red Barnes/Roy Pugh benefit account may be made at any branch of Security Bank.

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