Stockton Police Department Holds Memorial Blood Drive

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In honor of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and in the hope of saving lives, the Stockton Police Department, along with the Delta Blood Bank, wrapped up a memorial blood drive on Wednesday.

They honored Officer Scott Hewell, who died days after his patrol car hit a tree last June. And retired Officer Jimmy Pendergrass, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident last year.

Armed with a smile, a badge and a pink bandage, Officer Kevin Hess told FOX40 about his colleague Officer Scott Hewell.

“Funny guy. He would show up to work in shorts and sandals and a tank top usually, even when it was raining,” Hess said.

Hewell and Pendergrass were the driving forces behind Wednesday's memorial blood drive in Stockton.

The Delta Blood Bank drew blood from officers and those who knew the two.

"Because of my relationship with him and being his training officer I just felt like I wanted to come down here," Hess said.

About a pint of blood from each person here will save lives.

"Well, hopefully the blood that I donated can be used to help other people," he said.

"We need blood -- clean and healthy blood supply every single day,” Ann Leale, a blood bank coordinator with Delta Blood Bank, said.

A fact not lost on Hess who wears his pink bandage proudly and remembers his friend fondly.

If you missed the event, you have a week left to donate on behalf of the Stockton Police Department, just call 888-94-BLOOD to make an appointment.