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Troop D Headquarters - 3131 East Kearney Street - Springfield, MO 65803

News Release

For further information please contact: Sergeant Jason M. Pace
(417) 895-6868
September 8, 2017

EMPHASIS: Troop D To Host Corporal Michael E. Webster Memorial Blood Drive

Captain Juan Villanueva, commanding officer of Troop D, would like to invite the public to take part in the “Corporal Michael E. Webster Memorial Blood Drive." The blood drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at the Troop D Headquarters, Springfield, Missouri.

The blood drive is an annual event held to raise awareness about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. On October 2, 1993, Corporal Michael E. Webster was killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver, while standing next to a vehicle he had stopped for a traffic violation on U.S. Highway 40 in Blue Springs, Missouri. Since his untimely death, blood drives like this one have honored his service to the community.

Someone is killed or injured in an alcohol-related crash every 2.7 hours in Missouri. Preliminary statistics indicate alcohol was involved in almost 20% of all fatal crashes during 2016. Drunk drivers killed 185 people and injured 3,042 in Missouri traffic crashes last year. Blood is an essential element, which may help to save the life of someone involved in a traffic crash. The Webster family, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the American Red Cross want to encourage everyone to come out and support the Michael E. Webster Blood Drive.

Anyone who would like to donate blood may stop by the Troop D Headquarters or call (417) 895-6868 to schedule an appointment. Donors may also schedule an appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org entering sponsor code: MissouriTroopD. All presenting donors are reminded to please have a photo ID present. For additional questions or to find other blood drive locations call Sergeant Jason Pace at Troop D.

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”