Posts Tagged ‘Deputy John Norsworthy’

Community Will Pay Tribute to Fallen Deputy at Memorial Blood Drive

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

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.

What inspires you to Commit for Life?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

ContinueTheCommitmentBetween Jan. 1 and March 31, The Blood Center encourages you to share your story with us through the “Continue the Commitment” promotion. If you have a story to share about why you Commit for Life or how blood donors have helped you, we encourage you to share it with us

Recently, the tragic story of Fort Bend Sheriff’s Deputy John Norsworthy inspired hundreds of Houstonians to donate blood. Deputy Norsworthy died on Jan. 4, due to complications from his December car accident, but during his week in the hospital, we saw an outpouring of community support in the form of blood donations. As doctors worked to try to save his life, Deputy Norsworthy received multiple units of blood. Determined to do something to help, hundreds in the greater Houston area turned out to donate blood in Norsworthy’s name. Because of their support, more than 650 units of blood were donated in Deputy Norsworthy’s honor.

Deputy Norsworthy’s story touched the hearts of many, including those who knew him well, and others who first heard his name when his accident was reported in the news. On a daily basis, more than 1,000 units of blood are needed to help patients like Deputy Norsworthy in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Blood donations take about 24 hours to process, and when a major medical emergency occurs, blood must be available immediately to transfuse to the patient. To ensure that an adequate supply of blood is always available for patients like Deputy Norsworthy, The Blood Center asks everyone who is eligible to Commit for Life by donating blood once a quarter.

While many people are inspired to donate blood when a heartbreaking story is publicized, it’s equally important to make a regular habit of donating for all of the anonymous patients that need blood every day. We hope that the many donors who gave blood in Deputy Norsworthy’s honor are inspired to become Commit for Life donors and continue giving blood once a quarter. To learn more about becoming a Commit for Life blood donor, or to find a donor center near you, please visit

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