Bradenton man gets ride from Tampa Police on way to kidney transplant

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TAMPA, FL. - A Bradenton man got some help from Tampa Police after he got a flat tire on his way to receive a kidney transplant.

On March 12 around 5:30 a.m., Robert Barbour and his sponsor, Arnette German, were on their way from Bradenton to Tampa General Hospital for Robert's kidney transplant.

After exiting the interstate in Ybor City, they discovered they had a flat tire. German called 911, and decided to keep driving on the tire's rim.

After searching for several minutes, two Tampa Police officers found them near Tampa Police headquarters.

Robert spent 12 years on the transplant list and he was anxious to arrive at the hospital on time.

The officers realized it would take longer to change the tire than to drive Barbour to the hospital. They directed them to park their car in front of police headquarters, so they wouldn't be towed and they were quickly taken to Tampa General Hospital in the police car with lights and sirens.

They arrived on time for their 6 a.m. appointment and Mr. Barbour received his new kidney.