Rochester Police Department and Locust Club hold fourth annual blood drive in memory of Officer Daryl Pierson

December 8, 2017


The Rochester Police Department and Rochester Police Locust Club invite the community to pay tribute to Officer Daryl Pierson by joining them at the fourth annual blood drive in his memory. 

Officer Pierson dedicated his life to serving his community.  He was 32 years old when he was killed in the line of duty in 2014.  A member of the Rochester Police Department Tactical Unit, Pierson joined the RPD in 2006 after serving in the U.S. Army.

“Daryl spent his life serving the community and protecting us,” said Captain Dave Smith, Rochester Police Department Central Station. “Having a blood drive in his honor means that Daryl’s legacy of giving to the community continues to live on.”

Donate Blood in Memory of Officer Daryl Pierson

Thursday, December 14

12 – 6 p.m.

Rochester Police Locust Club

1425 Lexington Avenue, Rochester

To make an appointment to donate, download the Blood Donor App, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit Use sponsor code Pierson2014.

Blood and platelet donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. But, the need for blood remains constant. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types are needed to ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients this winter.

The American Red Cross Blood Services Rochester District is pleased to partner with The Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Rochester (MCCC), which coordinates the local Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. During December, Toys for Tots receptacles will be at select blood drives, including the blood drive in memory of Officer Daryl Pierson.  Blood donors and guests may drop off new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. With the help of local agencies and churches, Marines and  volunteers distribute the donated toys on Christmas Day to children in need.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.