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'She passed life on to other people in need:' Coast Guard commander honored for donating organs after fatal crash

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WASHINGTON -- On Friday, doctors and nurses at George Washington University Hospital took a moment to honor the life of an Alexandria servicewoman who gave life to others after losing her own.

Coast Guard Commander Molly Waters, 37, suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash while on her way to work Monday.

Part of Waters’ will was to become an organ donor – which she did Friday morning.

Before taking her into surgery, GW doctors and nurses held an honor walk for Waters. Members of the Coast Guard and Waters’ family came to pay their respects. A Coast Guard chaplain led prayers and a trumpeter played “Taps.”

a group of people in uniform: U.S. Coast Guard Commander Molly Waters shown here in an undated photo provided by her family. © Waters Family U.S. Coast Guard Commander Molly Waters shown here in an undated photo provided by her family.

Waters’ family says that as an organ donor, even in death she will continue to serve others.

“She ended up passing life on to other people in need,” her father said. “It helped give us a sense of closure.”

The honor walk was organized by GW University hospital, along with the Washington Regional Transplant Community.

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