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Red Cross blood drive in memory of Conway Police Officer Will McGary

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

January 31, 2014
 

SEARCY, Ark. — Police officers are called to put the public’s safety first and think of themselves second. On Feb. 9, Valley Baptist Church is inviting community members to give blood with the American Red Cross to help save lives in memory of one of their own – Conway Police Officer William “Will” McGary.

McGary, 26, was directing traffic following an auto accident when he was hit by an oncoming car. He died from his injuries on Feb. 1, 2013. He lost his life while protecting and serving others.

“There are good police officers, and then there are great police officers, Officer William Michael McGary, #474,  was one of the great ones. We miss his sense of humor, his excellent work ethic and love for the job,” McGary’s fellow officers said.

According to his family, MGary was an organ donor and, as he did in life, helped others even after his death. He was a vibrant, funny young man with a magnetic personality who couldn’t help but have countless friends. He loved life, and he loved people.

“He just had a great big loving heart,” his sister Lindsey said.

McGary was a dedicated member of Valley Baptist Church for 14 years. He was a Razorbacks fan who also enjoyed sports, hunting and fishing. He graduated from Searcy High School in 2005 and served as a Conway Police Officer for nearly two years. While his life certainly ended too soon, those organizing this blood drive hope it will allow McGary’s spirit of giving to live on.

“Will was a loving brother and son. He left us a legacy to follow. He died a hero,” said Pastor James Hays. 

Give blood in memory of Officer Will McGary:

Sunday, Feb. 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at Valley Baptist Church Gym, 3328 AR 36, Searcy, Ark.

“Giving blood is a way people can make a difference in another person’s life,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Region. “It takes about an hour of your time, and you could be giving a priceless gift to a patient in need.”

Blood donations can be used to help patients undergoing chemotherapy, victims of traumatic accidents, premature babies and those with blood disorders. There is currently an urgent need for donors with blood types O negative and positive, A negative and B negative.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.