Growing up, Chris Garcia always knew he wanted to become a police officer. Upon fulfilling this dream, Chris proudly patrolled the streets of his hometown, dedicating his energy for two years to the challenging and dangerous job of undercover detective. He was posthumously awarded Missouri Narcotics Officer of the Year in March 2019.
His family remembers his infectious sense of humor and how he enjoyed trying new foods, along with his passion for superheroes. He loved his family deeply, doting over his son, Oliver, as well as his stepsons.
Chris’ mother, Sylvia Langhammer, thought of organ, eye and tissue donation immediately after learning her son would not survive a tragic injury, wanting “something good to come out of it.” Her support for donation matched her son’s; Chris registered as a donor when he received his driver’s license. Now, his legacy lives on through his recipients.
“It always feels like a piece of Christopher is still alive out there,” said Sylvia.
Communicating with some of Chris’ organ recipients has helped the healing process for Sylvia and for Chris’ sisters.
“What Christopher has done has completely changed the lives of his recipients,” said Sylvia.