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Woodbury firefighter donates kidney to co-worker

Ladd Miller, left, received a kidney from fellow firefighter Phil Hennemann earlier this week. The firefighters are also roommates. Submitted photo.

Ladd Miller, a longtime Woodbury firefighter, was recovering in the hospital Thursday after he received a kidney transplant earlier this week. The donor? His roommate and fellow firefighter Phil Hennemann.

The pair checked into Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis Tuesday morning for the operation, a lifesaving one for Miller, who has been on dialysis for several months as he has awaited a match.

Miller, who has been with the Woodbury Public Safety Department for several years and currently serves as a paid on-call fire services commander, was born with one kidney and has a condition, polycystic kidney disease, that made a transplant necessary.

Hennemann, also a Woodbury paid on-call firefighter, stepped up to offer one of his kidneys when he found out earlier this year that he was a perfect match for his roommate.

Hennemann was expected to return home Thursday or Friday. Miller was expected be released from the hospital later this week or weekend.

A full story on the firefighter pals will be featured in the Wednesday, July 7 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin.