A blood drive honoring police officer Aaron Pearson is taking place today.
The drive for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is taking place at their donor location at 220 West Plainview. Donations will be taken from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Officer Aaron Pearson was shot in the head on January 26, 2015 while investigating suspicious activity behind a closed north side business. During his emergency surgery, he required 20 units of blood, all of which were provided by donors to CBCO.
At the time of the surgery, Aaron’s wife Amanda told the CBCO how thankful she was for the donors.
““I can just imagine him lying there and 20 people circled around him, giving,” Amanda said. “That’s pretty powerful because they had no idea who he is or where it’s going, but they give anyway.”
The CBCO is focusing their donation drives at their donor centers where they can strengthen their already high standards to protect health and safety of staff and donors:
- Sanitation stations at various points in the donation process.
- Increased availability of personal protective equipment for donor use. These will include hand gel, social distancing protocols, along with protective gloves when handling objects used by the public.
- A temperature check of potential donors will be administered both when a donor comes in to give and at the physical findings check that is required for each donor.
- An increase in aseptic procedures that will ensure a clean environment for your donation.
Donors can schedule an appointment for their donation by visiting the CBCO website.