SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks hosted their first blood drive dedicated to Officer Aaron Pearson of the Springfield Police Department.
Pearson attended the event with his family at the CBCO Thomson Donor Center in Springfield.
He was shot in the face in the line of duty in 2015, requiring 20 blood transfusions during emergency surgery and his recovery.
The CBCO says they’re proud to work with Pearson and hope to do this annually.
However, the center says they’re always in need of donations.
“The Community Blood Center takes care of 41 local hospitals, so the local Cox, Mercy are two of them,” Lori McLerran, communications supervisor for CBCO, said. “We need blood every single day. We ship out over 200 pints of blood every single day.”
The drive took place Friday from 7 a.m to 7 p.m.