California: Blood Drive Held in Honor of Oceanside Police Officer Intentionally Struck by Car
A blood drive was held Friday at the Oceanside police station in honor of a police officer who was struck by a driver, in a case that may have been intentional. Despite enduring physical pain and a long road to recovery, Officer Brad Hunter has kept the people he serves as his priority.
"I'm a lucky guy. That is what I focus on. I'm focusing on all the positive that has come to me," said Hunter, who has no memory of the collision but remembers waking up in the ICU very confused and unable to breathe.
Martin Morabe, the president of the Oceanside Police Officer's Association, said he was also struck by a driver while patrolling on his police motorcycle once. He has experienced Hunter's selflessness.
"This is their way of giving back," said Morabe. "They said hey, maybe we can put a blood drive together because this time of year [the] blood supply may be very short."
The blood drive and Safety Community Fair collected blood donations to support Hunter, a 29-year veteran of the Oceanside Police Department. He suffered a severe head injury and a shattered leg when he was struck by a car.Appointments were fully booked for the blood drive. Police officers interacted with the community while showing off some of the department's tools and resources.
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