Daryl Pierson Memorial Blood Drive honors officer killed in the line of duty

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. To pay tribute to a fallen police officer while helping others, the annual Daryl Pierson Memorial Blood Drive happened Wednesday at the Rochester Police Locust Club on Lexington Avenue.

Pierson was a Rochester police officer killed in the line of duty in 2014, but through this blood drive is still helping to save lives.

“This is our annual blood drive in honor of Officer Daryl Pierson,” said Adam DeVincentis, executive vice president of the Locust Club. “It’s our biggest. We do one every two months here, but this is the biggest one we do at the end of the year where we invite members of the community to come in. It’s always been a great turnout. We try to get about 60 pints of blood. And it’s great just to honor him and keep his memory alive through helping the community in any way that we can.”

Many of the donors today are members of the Rochester Police Department. But this blood drive is also for the community if you would like to donate. If so, you have until 6 p.m. Wednesday.