‘New heart, new start’: Lieutenant may be first in Washington state to return to full duty after heart transplant

  • Source: Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
  • Published: 02/04/2020 12:00 AM

Lt. Reece Chambers of East Jefferson Fire Rescue has a lot of heart. He’s now on his second one. Chambers, 42, is believed to be the first firefighter in Washington state to return to front-line duty after receiving a heart transplant. He went back on Jan. 2. “New heart, new start,” Chambers said Friday while working at the Chimacum fire station. “I get a new start at life.” Chambers received the heart of Kevin Irby, 42, in 2018, after he was diagnosed first with cardiomyopathy — an enlarged heart — and six months later with heart failure. Since then, Chambers has established a relationship with the Irby family, who live in Washington and California — Kevin’s parents, three older sisters and two sons — and is immensely grateful for Kevin’s heart. Before receiving the heart, Chambers worked as much as his body would let him, until even light duty managing paperwork was too much.


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