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September 09, 2013
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Cop's widow meets man who got husband’s heart

Officer Marc DiNardo was killed during a shootout, but his heart saved a war veteran with a fatal virus

By Jeff Pegues
CBS News

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. — Mari DiNardo counts the days since her husband passed away. Marc DiNardo was a 37-year-old father of three. The Jersey City detective was gunned down during a shootout captured on security cameras as his SWAT team moved in to make an arrest.

She is about to meet the man who is living because her husband died.  His heart now beats in Don Zolkiwsky's chest.

The 70-year-old knows what it's like to be in a gun battle. He earned a Purple Heart in Vietnam. A virus destroyed his heart before he received DiNardo's.

Full Story: Four years later: Cop's widow meets man who got husband's heart

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