PASADENA (CBS SF) — A California Highway Patrol officer who was fatally shot in Contra Costa County in 2012 and had his organs donated to save others’ lives is being honored on a float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena Thursday.

Kenyon Youngstrom, a 37-year-old father of four, was shot on Sept. 4, 2012, during a traffic stop on Interstate Highway 680 near Alamo and died at a hospital a day later.

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Youngstrom’s organs went to multiple people, including a woman who had been waiting a decade for a transplant and a mother who received his left kidney and pancreas.

He will be honored with a floral portrait on a Rose Parade float Thursday for the California Transplant Donor Network, a nonprofit focused on saving the lives of those in need of organ and tissue transplants.

“Knowing that he donated makes his loss a bit more bearable,” Youngstrom’s wife Karen said in a statement. “It’s comforting to know that a piece of him is still somewhere in a very real and concrete way. Kenyon would be proud — proud that he served the community, and proud that he was able to donate his organs and save someone’s life.”

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More information about the float can be found online at The 126th annual Rose Parade started at 8 a.m. in Pasadena.

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