INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A blood drive on Friday honored one of the city of Indianapolis’ fallen heroes, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer David Moore.
He was killed in the line of duty back in 2011.
Officer Moore was dedicated to giving back the gift of life by being an organ donor. Others followed in his footsteps of giving with the fourth annual David Moore blood drive.
Being an organ donor, Officer David Moore’s lungs went to a recipient after he lost his life. That recipient, Lance Lewis, is living proof of Moore’s generosity. Lewis was at City Market, along with the Marion County prosecutor’s office, to encourage others to donate on Friday.
This year’s goal for the blood drive was 90 donors.
The prosecutor’s office partnered with Indiana Blood Center to put on this drive.
The blood center says, so far, the weather hasn’t translated into fewer blood donations but the demand for blood is still very high.
24-Hour News 8 talked to the Indiana Blood Center. They said the donations don’t only go toward trauma and surgery cases, but people fighting cancer. They say that’s why they commonly ask their donors for help on a regular basis.
“We call on our donors and they take action and we’re fortunate for that. Our supply as of now is stable, however the need for blood is constant so Indiana Blood Center needs to see 550 each and every day to meet the patient demand at more than 60 hospitals throughout the state,” said Lucy Wehking with Indiana Blood Center.
The blood drive was from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You had to be 17 or older and weigh 110 pounds. 16-year-olds could donate with parental consent.