Community Blood Center of the Ozarks hosts blood drive for Aaron Pearson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Blood donors honored Springfield police Officer Aaron Pearson by participating in the second annual blood drive.

The officer was shot in the line of duty four years ago. Blood donations helped save his life.

The blood drive at the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks goes until 7 p.m. Friday. Pearson and his wife Amanda donated this morning. The CBCO reported more than two dozen donors. Organizers hope to reach 100 donors.

"They had the blood drive last year and we were kind of talking to some of the ladies here and going to the checklist," said Amanda Pearson. "And they were like, well you probably could. And so we got it approved by his doctor yesterday. So he's excited to help out. Yeah, make sure I can be hydrated, and make sure with how many pills I get, make sure. So I think everything's going to be good. You've been drinking lots of water? Exactly. And you ate breakfast? Yeah, so I can make sure I get rolls."

The city of Springfield is always hosting a blood drive at the Busch Building for city employees.

The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks provides blood for all the hospitals in our area. Organizers say there is always a constant need.