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Annual Red Cross blood drive honors former Belleville police officer

Missouri-Illinois

July 2, 2014
 

Sgt. Jon Brough was shot while on-duty in 2006

 

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (July 2, 2014) — A man who regularly gave blood to help save lives, and nearly gave his life to help protect others, is once again joining the American Red Cross in urging residents to become heroes themselves by donating blood.

 

In November 2006, Sergeant Jon Brough was a member of a police tactical response team that swarmed a home where a murder suspect was hiding. Brough was shot in the face upon entering the home, and immediately taken to an area hospital, where he was later told he received 12 units of blood products.

 

Since the shooting, Brough has retired from the police force and has undergone more than 25 surgeries, and in each case was given blood products from volunteer donors.

 

“I couldn’t begin to tell you how much blood I’ve received,” Brough said, “but people donating blood was a part of saving my life.”

 

Annual Jon Brough Blood Drive

July 15 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Quail Club

8303 Concordia Church Road in Belleville

 

Blood donated at the Jon Brough Blood Drive could help accident victims, cancer patients, premature babies and others. Eligible blood donors are urged to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

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.