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This officer donated her organ to a young stranger and then helped pay the medical bill

Denver (CNN)It took every bit of Clyde Hoffman's willpower to not touch every button, switch, and lever in Colorado's Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum.

"If I could flip the switches, I'd tell you how to turn it on," proclaimed the 12-year-old aviation enthusiast as he sat in the museum's Boeing 727 cockpit exhibit. "This is where I want to be when I grow up.

"On this day, Clyde and his parents, Mark and Melissa, made the hour-and-a-half trip north from their Colorado Springs home, in part, to appease their son's infatuation with airplanes.

But their main reason for the visit was this: to meet up with the woman who'd saved Clyde's life 16 months earlier.

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