SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A blood drive will honor former Springfield Police Officer Aaron Pearson Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.
Officer Pearson was shot while responding to a call on January 26 of 2015. Twenty units of blood were transfused to keep the officer alive, the blood was on hand thanks to the CBCO.
“It was people that paid it ahead that made sure [the hospital] had the reserves necessary to get that job done,” said CBCO Media Representative Chris Pilgrim.
Four years after the incident, Aaron Pearson is retired and enjoying life with his family. The blood drive is held in his honor, and an opportunity for the community to speak with other members of law enforcement.
“It is our opportunity at the Aaron Pearson Blood Drive to say thanks to all first responders for the amazing work they do, and to say thank you to our blood donors too,” said Pilgrim.
Donating blood takes just minutes, and can help victims pull through in a matter of life or death. Participants at Friday’s drive will receive free gifts such as T-shirts, hats and coupons.