Trumbull Police Department
Michael Gonzalez is currently assigned to the Patrol Division of the Trumbull Police Department, where he has been a member since July of 2006. He has completed domestic violence training and assists with those investigations at the department. Michael made the decision to become a police officer to make a difference in his community.
He wanted to have the chance to work with individuals in need of help in many aspects of their lives.
In June of 2010 Michael got that chance when he learned of his fellow officer's urgent call for help as his daughter was in need of a liver transplant due to a birth defect.
Michael contacted the transplant coordinator at Yale New Haven Hospital and volunteered for the compatibility testing.
After about 4 weeks he found out he had a rare opportunity to make a difference as he was cleared as a perfect match to help the girl; surgery was scheduled for Sept 21, 2010.
The grueling surgery took nearly eight hours and he spent a total of seven days in the hospital, with months of recovery ahead.
The operation was a success and Michael and the teenager have become great friends.
Michael says that is was a great experience for him personally and that nothing can compare to seeing a life saved. He received the 2010 Red Cross Hero Award for the act of kindness and is grateful that he had the privilege of being a donor. Michael Gonzalez was nominated for the 2011 All-Star Award because of his selfless generosity that resulted in a life saved.