EDINBURG, Texas – The blood that helped save the life of a DPS Trooper is now needed to help save the lives of others. A replenishing blood drive held Tuesday afternoon in Edinburg as a show of support for Trooper Moises Sanchez. Trooper Sanchez was shot Saturday night after responding to a traffic accident.
Sgt. Carolina Mata, Texas DPS, “I need to be here to help my fellow trooper, my brother in Texas Tan. Unfortunately, he is need at the moment and we’re here to do what we can to help him.”
Organizers say the event also bring awareness to the critical need of blood donations in the Valley. Only 1 percent of the population donates blood regularly and is often imported to meet hospital needs.
Frank Esparza, Vitalant Regional Director, “It’s making a difference in a baby who needs it or it’s making a difference in a cancer patient that can’t live without it. It’s a big deal.”
Many community members like Virginia Ortiz say they came out to show support for Trooper Sanchez and his family in their time of need. “As a community, as a city of Edinburg, that we do care about our troopers, our police officers, our fire department that we’re here for them when they need us.”
Many law enforcement officers also showed up to show their support for the trooper.
“It’s emotional but you know it’s great to see the community come out to support us.” Adds Sgt. Mata.
If you missed the blood drive and would still like to help you can visit the Vitalant Blood Donation Centers located in McAllen and Harlingen.