Former Milwaukie police officer raising money for liver
Former Milwaukie Police Officer Butch Bondietti is raising money for a liver transplant.
Bondietti had to retire after a head injury, which caused hearing loss so he was no longer allowed to be an officer. He has continued to be active in the Milwaukie community — where he still lives — as long as his health has allowed.
After retiring from being a cop, which included a period of service as the resource officer for Milwaukie High School, he drove a TriMet bus. His declining health has now forced him to retire from driving and from volunteering at the aviation museum for the B-17 Bomber when it was located in Oak Grove.
Bondietti's brother-in-law has been identified as a willing and eligible liver donor, but the family has various expenses that aren't covered by insurance. Milwaukie Police Chief Steve Bartol is planning to let his force know about the donation opportunity and shared some thoughts about Bondietti for the public:
"Butch is a pretty humble person who is used to doing for others, not people doing for him. He's always been that way. Butch started as a police officer shortly after I became a cadet. He was one of those guys that was always willing to help out with the program and felt strongly about giving back to the profession. He's also a bit of a historian. He did a lot of work around [Milwaukie's] centennial and dug up a lot of history about the police department. As the son of a police officer, he's big on remembering where you came from. He's a an overall great guy with a great big heart."
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