Another Blood Drive For Trenton Police Detectives
Another blood drive is underway in the name of two Trenton police detectives shot in the line of duty.
The Community Blood Council and Trenton PBA are again teaming up for the collection beat the Trenton Free Public Library on Academy Street from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. to benefit the Capital Health Regional Medical Center.
Among those who donated on Wednesday were Acting Attorney General John Hoffman and members of the Ocaen County SWAT team.
"This is the 3rd in a series of blood drives to honor these detectives. Like the commitment these two officers have to our community, they realize the need to serve is ongoing," said Tony Deluccio of the Community Blood Council of New Jersey. "The same goes for blood donation. It is an ongoing commitment from our donors that allows us to support our local hospitals." The two previous blood drives have collected almost 300 units of blood.
Detective Edgar Rios remains hospitalized in stable but critcal but stable condition after several surgeries on wounds suffered when Eric McNeil opened fire on Rios and Detective James Letts when they came to the home of his ex-girlfriend, Yama Blue, after he beat her up. The officers fired back and fatally shot McNeil, who also fatally stabbed Blue's 3-week-old pitbull puppy.
Letts was shot in the shoulder and continues to recover at home.
The Trenton Thunder held a ticket fundraiser during last night's game at Arm and Hammer Stadium in Trenton with all of the proceeds from tickets sold using a special code being donated to Rios' and Letts' families. Thunder Director of Public Relations Bill Cook said the team is not disclosing how much was raised through ticket sales but said over $2,200 was raised in a 50/50 raffle.