Ross Township police chief back to work after kidney transplant

A local police chief is back on patrol after the fight of his life. Ross Township Police Chief Darryl Haussler is still recovering from a kidney transplant. He found his living donor in a family friend, but his fight is not over. (WKRC) A local police chief is back on patrol after the fight of his life. Ross Township Police Chief Darryl Haussler is still recovering from a kidney transplant. He found his living donor in a family friend, but his fight is not over. (Haussler Family) A local police chief is back on patrol after the fight of his life. Ross Township Police Chief Darryl Haussler is still recovering from a kidney transplant. He found his living donor in a family friend, but his fight is not over. (Haussler Family) A local police chief is back on patrol after the fight of his life. Ross Township Police Chief Darryl Haussler is still recovering from a kidney transplant. He found his living donor in a family friend, but his fight is not over. (Haussler Family) ROSS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) – A local police chief is back on patrol after the fight of his life.

Ross Township Police Chief Darryl Haussler is still recovering from a kidney transplant . He found his living donor in a family friend , but his fight is not over.

Maria Wessel’s kidney worked from the moment the transplant was complete.

"My wife and I refer to her as our angel. She was there for me when I needed it most and she’s enabled me to get part of my life back that I’ll forever be grateful for. She’s amazing," said Haussler.

Wessel felt better quickly. Haussler wanted that recovery too.

"Because I was kind of in an emotional place where I was just kind of depressed and anxious, it was difficult to find any real enjoyment in a lot of things," said Haussler.

Haussler was ready to get back to work; doctors told him no.

"I want to be here, serving the residents of Ross Township and being with my officers…I’ve been away from them for way too long," said Haussler.

He’s back in uniform, but only part-time. He still needs to be careful.

"I’ve already frowned at her when she says, ‘No, you’re not going in more than two or three days a week,’ — but we’ll get there," said Haussler.

His autoimmune disease that affects his connective tissues can flare up any time.

Haussler said, "Hopefully, it gets better from here on out, but there’s always that risk that something could go wrong; that’s the nature of scleroderma."

For him, saying thank you to Wessel — and his officers — is just not enough.

"I owe part of my recovery to them, just holding down the fort and believing in me and waiting for me to come back," said Haussler.

He has a lot on his plate at the department. They just hired their three full-time officers and a detective for the first time.

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