May 25, 2022  |  11:46 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.

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

While blood donations frequently come up as response to a shooting incident, it does not appear that Deputy Doby will be needing blood. However, The Blood Center has graciously offered to host a blood drive to benefit Deputy Doby, Friday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Registrar of Voters Office on the first floor of the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center parking garage.

The Blood Center will open an account in Deputy Doby’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 Doby’s name. Donors should specify "Replacement donation on behalf of Deputy Kenneth Doby." These donations will also be included in the financial tally.

Blood type or relationship to Deputy Doby 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.

Sheriff Randy Smith would like to thank the Blood Center for reaching out and offering their help during this time.