The tragedy of a miscreant shooting and killing Cpl. Marshall Bailey and Trooper Eric Workman of the State Police last week was blessedly not the end of the story.
Bailey died at the scene. Workman was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
But Workman continues to touch lives. His family wanted it known that he was an organ donor.
Cpl. Jimmy Mitchell, the State Police chaplain, said Workman's donations helped about 50 people, including someone who received a lung at a Pittsburgh hospital.
Blood clots prevented transplantation of Workman's liver, but doctors in Charleston were able to implant enzymes from the organ into two young people who will have better lives as a result.
Not everyone can grow up to be a police officer who serves and protects his fellow man. But many people can be organ donors who help others live.