Judge Harmon and Jean Drew (Source: Jean and Harmon Drew)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
A blood drive is under way in honor of a local couple that has been teaching law enforcement for more than 30 years.
Local law enforcement agencies are rallying around Jean and Harmon Drew of Minden. Judge Harmon Drew is currently serving a second 10-year term on Louisiana's Second Circuit Court of Appeal, based in Shreveport.
Jean Drew is Judge Drew's law clerk, legal researcher and co-author. Together, they teach the law of search and seizure and the criminal code to officers in training at the local police academies. They also annually publish "True Blue Drew Book," a praised resource for Louisiana law enforcement officers.
According to LifeShare Blood Centers, Jean Drew unexpectedly became ill in 2008 and required emergency abdominal surgery that saved her life. As a result of her illness and the surgery, Jean began suffering from severe and debilitating anemia. Multiple blood transfusions kept Jean alive until she could undergo another surgical procedure to correct the abdominal issues. Because of the transfusions and expert medical care, Jean is able to continue enjoying life.
Jean's need for blood has lead law enforcement agencies to hold a series of blood drives in Dec. 2 through Dec. 4, 2013. "When I needed it, it was absolutely vital and just a blessing to me," says Jean Drew of her experience receiving donated blood.
The drive started Monday at the Shreveport Police Department and Caddo Sheriff's Office and continues through Wednesday.
Following is a list of blood drives, which are open to the public:
December 3 Bossier Sheriff's Office 2510 Viking Dr. Bossier City, LA 71111 Viking Dr. Sub-Station 11:00 am—7:00 pm
Caddo Correctional Center 1101 Forum Dr. Shreveport, LA 71107 1:30 pm—5:30 pm
December 4 Bossier City/Bossier Police Department Bossier Civic Center 620 Benton Rd. Bossier City, LA 71111 2nd Floor 11:00 am—7:00 pm
Webster Parish Sheriff's Office Minden Civic Center 410 Main St. Minden, LA 71055 11:00 am—7:00 pm
Call 318-222-7770 or go to www.lifeshare.org for hours and mobile blood drive locations.