The tragic death of one Ashland City 21-year-old has come with a silver lining - a glimpse of promise for countless others.
Kevin Hartley was working last month when he collapsed. Years earlier, he was inspired through his grandfather who was kept alive through organ donation.
After Kevin was rushed to the hospital, doctors performed a CT scan and found he had no brain activity. CPR provided hours earlier by his brother Michael made it possible for Kevin's last wish to come true - his organs were able to be harvested.
His family and friends read a letter about the young donor to surgeons at TriStar Centennial Medical center just before surgery:
Growing up, Kevin was known as the little blonde-headed boy. Now, he is known as the handsome one of the group by his friends but he never knew that he was. He is always fun, outgoing, and a pleasure to be around. He is a jokester and makes everyone laugh. He loves eating good home-cooked food and lots of it. He always has a beautiful smile on his face, lights up the room, and puts a smile on everyone else’s face. Kevin is the nicest, most respectful, and most humble person any of us have ever known. He was loved by everyone and loves everyone except Lebron James. Kevin loves sports; he played soccer growing up and transitioned to playing football in middle and high school. He also loves animals; his cat, Batman, and his golden retriever, Chevelle, love him so much. Kevin loves playing video games and hanging out with friends and family. He could always be found playing with the younger kids at friends’ and family’s homes, whether it was lying around on the floor or playing ball outside in the grass. Kevin loves joking around with everyone. He works with his dad, uncle, and brother and often jokes around that they aren’t working hard enough. He jokes that one day he will own the family business and supervise everyone to make sure they are working hard. Kevin has a strong work ethic and is excited to work with his family every day. He loves learning new things and being able to become the best at them. Although he doesn’t brag about his performance, he is just happy to help anyone. He has even been known to see a homeless person and stop to buy them and their dog food. Kevin is a wonderful person and will be missed by all his friends and family. We are so happy he has the opportunity to continue to bless the lives of so many, as he always has.
Kevin was able to donate tissue, parts of bone, kidneys, lungs, and his heart. However, his mother was able to keep a small part of him. She wears Kevin's ashes in a pendant around her neck.
Kevin's family has found comfort in what he has left behind. He has given light and hope to people whom he has never met.
You can donate to the family's GoFundMe for unexpected medical costs HERE.
Learn more about how to register as a donor online at DonateLifeTN.org.