The Blood Center and Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office team up to honor the memory of Deputy John D. Norsworthy. Pictured: Sheriff Milton Wright, Director of Donor Recruitment Theresa Pina, Melissa Norsworthy, Chief Deputy Craig Brady and Donor Recruitment Coordinator Brenda DeFrayne
Late last December, after Christmas and the end of the typical holiday giving season, blood donors in our community stepped up to give back in a big way.
The catalyst was an auto accident that injured Deputy John D. Norsworthy of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Norsworthy needed blood immediately, and individuals all over Fort Bend County and beyond responded to the call for donations.
During his hospitalization, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center received more than 660 blood donations in his name from individuals wanting to help. As a result, blood was not only available for doctors trying to save the deputy’s life, but for countless other patients throughout the Texas Gulf Coast region. Tragically, Deputy Norsworthy succumbed to his injuries on Jan. 4, 2011.
This Dec. 27, the one-year anniversary of his accident, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office will host its first-ever Deputy John D. Norsworthy Memorial Blood Drive to honor the memory of the deputy. The group hopes to make it an annual event.
“Helping other people was what my husband was all about,” Melissa Norsworthy, his wife of 19 years, said. “If we can take that day and turn it into something good, I think that’s what he would want to do.”
The Deputy John D. Norsworthy Memorial Blood Drive will be held:
Tuesday, Dec. 27 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office – Grand Hall
1410 Williams Way
Richmond, Texas 77469
Schedule your donation online or call 1(888) 482-5663. The sponsor code for the drive is 5642.