Trenton Shows Support For Detectives Injured In Shooting [VIDEO]
A blood drive today in honor of the two Trenton police officers shot last week is drawing so many to donate that two additional drives have been added.
The Community Blood Council of New Jersey and Trenton PBA hosted a blood drive in the names of Detectives James Letts and Edgar Rios' at Trenton Fire Headquarters on Perry Street in Trenton in support of Capital Health Regional Medical Center which saw waits of several hours to donate in a "party atmosphere."
Brian McCarthy of On Scene News said many who donated stayed once they were done.
Tony DeLuccio of the Community Blood Council of NJ reports 132 pints were donated on Monday at the Firehouse with another 40 collected at their donation center in Ewing.
Two more drives have been added at the Trenton Fire Department on Friday from 12noon-6 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 28 at the Trenton Free Public Library from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
"Fellow Trenton Police officers as well as officers from other departments throughout the state are eager to help in anyway they can," said Michael Lucchesi of the Trenton PBA. "When an officer is injured in the line of duty, it resonates through the community" as well as area law enforcement personnel."
All donors will be eligible to win a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII which will be played at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands on Sunday, February 2.
Rios remains in critical but stable condition at Capital Health Regional Medical Center after two surgeries for his wounds while Lertts continues to recover at home.
The Mercer County Prosecutors Office today said that Eric McNeil, the man who opened fire on the detectives when they returned to the Hobart Avenue home with his ex-girlfriend, died from a shot to the chest. The Office did not identify the detective fired the fatal shots.