Blood Drive Held To Benefit Sgt. Brian Rackow

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Often times when you donate blood, there's no telling who gets to use it, but now it hits a lot closer to home.

"To me it's personal because Brian and I worked together on night shifts," Sgt. Ben Chavez, with the Midland Police Department, said.

A blood drive was held on Wednesday morning to benefit Sgt. Rackow. He sustained numerous injuries while dismantling an explosive device, and those who stepped up to donate blood say it's the best thing they could do for a man they hold dear to their hearts.

"Law enforcement has a great response. When one of us is hurting, we all hurt; we all come together to help each other," Sgt. Chavez said.

Even members of the Midland Fire Department showed their support by donating blood.

"Its like a brotherhood. If its any one of them or one of us, we're all close," Derek Macpherson, with the Midland Fire Department, said.

There is also an account open for Brian Rackow at Community National Bank to help with medical expenses.