Good Friday now has a dual, special meaning for a local man who was dying for his act of bravery years ago as a Smithfield police officer.
We're talking about Kurt Beach, whose wife took to social media today to say thanks. This her post from Facebook this morning:
It was over a year ago Kurt Beach shared that wonderful message from his doctor with NewsChannel 3. "He goes, 'Kurt you're cured. It's never coming back. Buddy you're done.'"
Beach's health battle started 25 years ago when this cop put his life on the line performing CPR on a little girl with Hepatitus C. "I would do the same thing 25 years ago. I wouldn't hesitate to do it."
That left him battling the incurable virus which set the stage for another battle with the state on a workman's comp claim.
NewsChannel 3 helped take action, getting the state to pay for a life-saving liver transplant five years ago.
"You guys were my advocate. You definitely were, absolutely."
But the deadly virus was in his body, so his doctors put him on an experimental cocktail of drugs. "So I was...ended up being the first on the east coast to do this therapy."
Through it all, his biggest cheerleader was his wife. "It's because she loves me. Trust me." In speaking with Kurt Beach today, he remains cancer free and says his liver functions are great. He says, "God has done a mighty work."