SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – The community is rallying around an Upstate police officer who was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck. The crash happened on Union Street in Spartanburg Tuesday night, sending another driver to the hospital.
Several people donated to the Blood Connection in Spartanburg on behalf of Master Police Officer Jason Harris Wednesday.
A blood drive honoring Officer Harris is planned from 8 am to noon Friday.
Harris was thrown from his police motorcycle Tuesday night after hitting a car that was making a left turn on Union Street. That car’s driver was also hurt and taken to the hospital.
This wasn’t the first time Officer Harris was hurt in the line of duty. The 12-year veteran of the Spartanburg Police Department was injured in a January 2011 shoot out while trying to serve a warrant. The man who shot him, Toby Moore, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Marlaina Brooks’ husband and son rushed to help Officer Harris after the crash.
“Just so grateful that someone would put their life on the line to keep us safe,” Brooks said.
Spartanburg police say Officer Harris has received more than 50 units of blood at the hospital and will most likely need more transfusions. Blood Connection officials said that’s why they’re thankful to those who donated blood in the past.
“Had the blood not been there, the 50 plus units that he received wouldn’t have been available and now it’s time to help continue to replenish the blood supply,” said Blood Connection Donor Resources and Marketing Director Donna Ehrlich.
A blood drive is being planned in officer Harris’ honor Friday, but those who can’t make it can donate in his name at other Blood Connection centers.
“You know you are having some sort of impact and in this case it’s someone who is of service to the community,” Ehrlich said.
People have also made monetary donations to a GoFundMe account, and other law enforcement agencies across the Upstate have sent support on social media.
The blood drive will be held in front of Spartanburg City Hall on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ehrlich says they are always in need of all blood types but o-negative is the universal type that’s especially important in emergencies.
Because of anticipated long lines, you’re asked to schedule an appointment by calling 864-596-2376 or 864-596-2820. People can also register to donate by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Crepe Factory announced on social media that tips collected Easter Sunday will be donated to Harris’ family to help with medical expenses.
On Thursday, Major Art Littlejohn said Harris’ condition is about the same. They continue to pray for him and his family.