April 04, 2018  |  11:36 am

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has received an outpouring of support from the community following the on-duty shooting of a deputy.

Deputy Nail, a more than 10-year veteran of the agency, was shot following a vehicle pursuit with a wanted individual early Easter Sunday morning.

Deputy Nail underwent surgery Sunday morning at a local hospital and was transferred off the ICU Monday evening. He remains in the hospital in stable condition.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has received inquiries from the members of the public on how they can help Deputy Nail and his family.

While blood donations frequently come up as response to a shooting incident, Deputy Nail fortunately has not needed blood. However, The Blood Center has graciously offered to host a blood drive to benefit Deputy Nail Thursday, April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 26th Avenue entrance to the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington.

The Blood Center will open up an account in Deputy Nail's name and issue $10 credits for donations received at the blood drive.

Blood donations can also be made at The Blood Center’s Slidell Donor Center or one of the nine other blood center locations, at any time, in Deputy Nail’s name. Donors should specify "Replacement donation on behalf of Justin Nail." These donations will also be included in the financial tally.

Blood type or relationship to Deputy Nail has no bearing on this action.

For many patients, the financial support helps greatly with out of pocket expenses such as prescription deductibles, gas to and from the hospital and doctor’s visits, electric bills and household expenses while the individual and family members are out of work.