Blood drive honors Springfield Officer Aaron Pearson Friday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield Police Department have teamed up to hold the seconded annual Blood Drive in Honor of Officer Aaron Pearson. Officer Aaron Pearson was shot in the line of duty in January 2015, and he required 20 units of blood during surgery for injuries that nearly took his life.

The drive will take place Friday, March 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Thomson Donor Center, located at 220 West Plainview Road, and from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Busch Municipal Building.

Everyone who participates will get a free t-shirt, free hot rolls with cinnamon butter and a gift card for a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse.

To donate, please bring photo identification and be sure to eat well and drink plenty of fluids prior to the blood drive. To make your donation process even quicker, schedule an appointment on CBCO's website.

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