TPD, Oklahoma Blood Institute Collaborate On Blood Drive For Fallen Officer


Saturday, August 22nd 2020, 4:20 pm
By: William Blanchette


TULSA, Okla. -

The Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Tulsa Police Department Foundation came together Saturday morning to give back to officers who serve the community.

Sergeant Naresh Persaud, along with other officers from the Tulsa Police Department, assisted with a blood drive at 61st and Sheridan.

 “The Tulsa Police Department are raising money for the Random Acts of Kindness,” Sgt. Persaud said.

Sgt. Persaud said the Tulsa Police Department Foundation has raised over $600,000 for the two officers involved in a June shooting that involved fallen Sgt. Craig Johnson and officer Aurash Zarkeshan.

 “Both in the hospital needed units of blood and it brought awareness to us to bring this thing to a full circle,” Oklahoma Blood Institute Sales and Recruitment Consultant Amanda Harden said.

Harden said the event has also helped to bring awareness about the need for more donors.

The foundation was able to provide equipment to officers including 300 tasers and 300 pepperball rounds.

Sgt. Persaud said there is no better time than now for officers to get involved in community outreach.

 “It’s an opportunity for us to demonstrate our professionalism,” Sgt. Persaud said.

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