Marine veteran and 9/11 first responder in search of a kidney donor.

Eye on Veterans
October 17, 2018 - 5:27 pm

Photo courtesy of 1010 WINS


(1010 WINS) -- A paramedic who rescued people at Ground Zero during the Sept. 11 attacks desperately needs his own hero.

Don Pritchard, a retired marine, led as many people as he could to safety as the North and South Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001. However, he was one of the many people that breathed in the toxic dust that spread through the air when the buildings collapsed.

“Nobody ever planned on those towers coming down,” an emotional Pritchard said. “We could have saved so many people that day.”

For days, the now 53-year-old stayed in the area to help with the cleanup and 17 years later is in the final stages of kidney failure.

Pritchard believed he developed his debilitating disease from the toxic site and is desperately searching for a kidney donor.

Pritchard’s daughter Kaley joined her parents in their search for a matching donor, composing herself long enough to say: “I love my dad a lot.”

“The three of us are very close and would like to stay that way,” Pritchard’s wife Angela told 1010 WINS.


If you are interested in donating a kidney or would like more info on becoming a kidney donor click here.

For more information, please contact Chaya Lipschutz, a kidney donor & Mr. Pritchard's kidney matchmaker at or call (917) 627-8336.


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