Blood drives held in honor of fallen officer
Indianapolis - The Metro Police officer shot during a traffic stop Sunday morning is on life support while his family makes arrangements for organ donation.
IMPD Chief Paul Ciesielski announced at a news conference Tuesday that an MRI scan revealed considerable damage to Officer David Moore's brain and spine, and that he would not recover from his injuries.
The public showed its support for Officer Moore by donating blood Tuesday. The Marion County Prosecutor's Office organized two blood drives this week in conjunction with the Indiana Blood Center in honor of Officer Moore.
Tuesday's drive was held at the City Market in downtown Indianapolis until 2:30 pm.
Many people turned out to donate blood Tuesday, including members of IMPD and the prosecutor's office. That includes the prosecutor who is working on the case against Thomas Hardy, the shooting suspect who is being held without bond on robbery charges. Shooting charges have not yet been filed.
Amie Martens, a deputy prosecutor with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, spoke to Eyewitness News about why she donated blood Tuesday.
"It's hard when you work with officers every day to know that one of theirs, and one that we work with very closely too, has gone through something like this," she said. "I feel like I can do something. It's hard - I can't go to the hospital, can't do something like that. But to be able to do this is my way of doing something to help out."
"We have a job to do regardless of who the victim of the crime is, but this one hits home because we are part of the law enforcement community. And when a police officer is injured we feel as though one of our folks has been injured," said Chief Deputy Dave Rimstidt.
So the donors offer a priceless gift when life's uncertainties are in full focus.
"There are a lot of questions; you know, should we be doing what we are doing?" said Daryl Patton, IMPD detective.
The big turnout is also a boost for the Indiana Blood Center, which is running low especially on O negative. Another drive is scheduled from noon to 5pm (Wednesday) at Wishard Hospital, Myers Auditorium, 1001 W. 10th Street.
More about blood donations
You can also donate blood at any of the Indiana Blood Center's five locations in the metro area. At each location, cards will be available for donors who wish to send a note to Officer Moore and his family. See locations and eligibility requirements here.
Blood donors to Indiana Blood Center ensure a stable blood supply for more than 60 hospitals in Indiana, including Wishard. Hospital demand is 550 units every day. Patients in accidents and trauma can require many units of blood, and impact supply statewide.
Donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds.
The supply of type O negative blood at the local American Red Cross has dropped to critical levels in recent days. Currently the local Red Cross is not able to fully fill requests from hospitals for type O negative, and is moving blood among hospitals to where it is needed most while supplies are critically low.
Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it is the universal type, and it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Since the beginning of December winter weather has negatively affected blood donations despite many donor recruitment efforts.