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WANTAGH, Long Island (WABC) -- Two neighbors share more than just the same neighborhood on Long Island.

Joe Boyce, 56, fought kidney disease for years until his kidneys failed. He launched a social media campaign, hoping he could find a match with someone willing to donate one of their kidneys. That person who ended up giving him a kidney was not a stranger.



Boyce is not taking his independence lightly this July 4.

The truth is - his health, his mobility, and his freedom from a future on dialysis were all made possible by one very kind neighbor.

"Me and my wife always have these conversations, like 'we can never repay her,' and you know, that's a struggle," Boyce said.

Back on June 6, Boyce received a kidney from Liz Haines, 46, and Haines has a lot going on of her own - she has four kids and a job.

"When we first started, we weren't sure how quickly the process would move," she said.

However, it sure did - Boyce's kidney function was deteriorating and he was on a waitlist. The wait time in New York State is anywhere from five to seven years for a donor.

The community in Wantagh got word after Boyce's family started a website.

Haines lives right around the corner from Boyce - two of their kids are in the same grade school, but their families were not originally best friends.

Haines' gift was truly next level - and she hopes people understand that the recovery was pretty easy.

"I would say by like week two I felt really great," Haines said.

Haines said maybe she made the right choice because she lost her mother when she was only five.

"My dad was probably the most selfless, caring person ever. So I think that really motivates me to do it," added Haines.

Haines then lost her father in December.

"I owe it to her - to pay it forward," Boyce said.



It is a gift that will surely keep giving.

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We will not stand by and we will not stand down: Armed Trump supporters protest at Phoenix FBI office

Video captured by the independent media site News2Share shows supporters of former President Donald Trump armed with guns, waving confederate and American flags outside of the FBI office in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.

"We're here in support of Trump, for what happened to him, the unlawful search with the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago home," someone at the demonstration told News2Share. "We are sick and tired of this tyrannical government called the Biden regime. We will not stand by and we will not stand down.

"We're gonna take the fight to the FBI if need be."

The latest in a string of Republican rantings, the demonstration is in response to the FBI executing a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday—an act that has led to the seizure of 11 sets of classified documents, including those related to nuclear weapons, according to The Washington Post.

Somehow though, Trump apologists still maintain the former president’s rights were violated while they go about the business of threatening the federal judge who signed the warrant and any other official they see fit to accuse without a shred of evidence of widespread election fraud.

In Gillespie County, Texas, a county about 80 miles west of Austin, elections administrator Anissa Herrera said she resigned from her work due in large part to threats she faced, according to the Fredericksburg Standard.

“After the 2020 (election), I was threatened, I’ve been stalked, I’ve been called out on social media,” Herrera told the newspaper. “And it’s just dangerous misinformation.”

\u201cElection deniers just got the entire election office of Gillespie county to resign after stalking and death threats. \n\nIDK how people there expect to register to vote or conduct fair & legal elections.\u201d — Michele \ud83c\udf2e\ud83c\udf77\ud83c\udfb8\ud83e\uddc2 (@Michele \ud83c\udf2e\ud83c\udf77\ud83c\udfb8\ud83e\uddc2) 1660433134

FBI Director Christopher Wray condemned such threats in a statement on Thursday. “Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others,” he said. “Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans.

They are to Democrats. Many tweeted their outrage at the double standard propagated when a group of white men and women were allowed to threaten federal officials while armed.

Warning: This video contains disturbing footage of violence that may be triggering to viewers.


\u201cPhoenix FBI is still trending because the world is witnessing how America's Law Enforcement has patience for gun toting violent white supremacists, but are quick to murder Black People because they might have a gun and they might point a gun even when they don't have a gun.\u201d — NawBro (@NawBro) 1660461982

A social media user who goes by Jason V. tweeted on Sunday, that the "armed domestic terrorists" probably haven't been taken down yet "because they're not black or brown."

Shannon Watts, founder of the grassroots movement for public safety Moms Demand Action, pointed to a trend of recent violence following GOP reaction to the search of Trump’s home.

The most recent of which is a Capitol Police report that a man started firing in the air then drove his car into a vehicle barricade in a fiery crash early Sunday at East Capitol Street and Second Street.

”When our officers heard the sound of gunfire, they immediately responded and were approaching the man when he shot himself,” Capitol Police said in a news release. “Nobody else was hurt.

“At this time, it does not appear the man was targeting any Members of Congress, who are on recess, and it does not appear officers fired their weapons.”

No other injuries were reported in the incident, and investigators are still looking into the man’s background. But for many, the incident is an example of violence spiraling out of control as Republicans instigate a greater divide between Trump supporters and the rest of the country.

\u201cEarly this morning, a man drove into a barricade near the US Capitol, set his car on fire, and started shooting indiscriminately before killing himself.\n\nLast week an armed man tried to breech an Ohio FBI building, and last night armed protestors gathered at a Phoenix FBI office.\u201d — Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts) 1660484282

Regarding the protest outside of the Phoenix FBI building, Democrat Eric Smith tweeted congressional candidates of North Carolina:

“This is a Declaration of War & as such the Federal Government will be well within its rights to use all the firepower at its disposal to put these traitors down & down for good”

Majid Padellan, a blogger and influencer who goes by "Brooklyn Dad" on social media, tweeted on Sunday:

"Not a single Republican leader has called upon the armed trumpers at the Phoenix FBI to stand down. Any blood will be on their hands."

In another tweet, Padellan laid out a series of actions and statements by Trump that created the kind of climate in which his supporters would feel emboldened to threaten federal officials. "First he told domestic terrorists to ‘Stand back and stand by,’” Padellan said. “Then he refused to call the National Guard on January 6th.

“Then he wouldn't call off his armed supporters outside the Phoenix FBI. Donald trump is a pathetic, cowardly traitor."

Read the full redacted search warrant obtained for Trump’s Mara Lago home:



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