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BPD, CHP partner for bone marrow drive to save law officer's life

The Bakersfield Police Department and the California Highway Patrol are partnering with Be The Match Foundation for a bone marrow drive.

UPDATE: The Bakersfield Police Department said March 15 that Sgt. Jorge Chavez has found a bone marrow match and will receive a lifesaving transplant in the upcoming weeks.

The story below was originally published March 7.

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Are you the match? You could help save the life of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Jorge Chavez or another person on the bone marrow transplant list.

The Bakersfield Police Department and the California Highway Patrol are partnering with Be The Match Foundation for a bone marrow drive.

Chavez has been diagnosed with leukemia and requires a lifesaving bone marrow transplant, according the BPD. If you're not a match for Chavez, you could possibly be a match for someone else.

To register as a donor, the Be The Match Foundation said you have to meet three criteria:

  1. be between the ages 18-44,
  2. be willing to help any patient in need,
  3. and be in good general health.


The bone marrow drive is happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Yokuts Park, 4200 Empire Drive.

Members of the Bakersfield Police SWAT Team, K9 Bomb Squad and McGruff the Crime Dog will be at the family event.

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