The Blood Center will hold another blood drive this week benefiting Deputy Justin Nail and his family.
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. He underwent surgery at a local hospital and is currently recovering at home.
While blood donations frequently come up in response to a shooting incident, Deputy Nail fortunately has not needed blood. However, the Blood Center has opened an account for Deputy Nail and is issuing $10 credits for donations received in his name.
A blood drive was held for Deputy Nail last month at the Justice Center, and because of the tremendous turnout, the Blood Center was not able to accommodate all who showed up to donate.
This prompted the Blood Center to schedule another drive for Deputy Nail, to be held Thursday, May 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 26th Street Entrance of the Justice Center.
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.
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.