Annual blood drive scheduled for fallen Missouri state trooper
Cpl. Michael E. Webster was killed on-duty in 1993
(Sept. 18, 2013) - The American Red Cross is partnering with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and friends and family of Cpl. Michael E. Webster to host an annual blood drive Oct. 2 in memory of the fallen trooper. Cpl. Webster died in October 1993 after being struck by a drunk driver while on duty.
The Cpl. Michael E. Webster Memorial Blood Drive will be held at Highway Patrol Troop Headquarters across Missouri on October 2, the anniversary of Cpl. Webster’s death. In addition, donors can give blood in Cpl. Webster’s memory at the Red Cross North County, West County, South County, St. Charles County, Lindell and Fairview Heights Blood Donation Centers in the Saint Louis area from Oct. 2 through Oct. 12.
Michael’s wife Kathey said the idea to host blood drives in her husband’s memory was inspired by a few different factors.
“First, Michael was an avid blood donor,” Kathey Webster said. “Also, he received several blood transfusions in the hospital to try to keep him alive after the accident. The blood sustained him even if for just a little while longer.”
“Blood is a life-giving and life-sustaining resource that God’s given us.”
Kathey said it’s also her hope that the annual blood drive will keep Cpl. Webster in the memories of those who knew him, and that his story will inspire those who didn’t.
Blood collected at the Cpl. Michael E. Webster Memorial Blood Drive can help many patients in need, including accident victims. Receive updates about the blood drive online at mewebster.org and on Twitter by following the hash tag: #ME473.
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 permission 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.