Oak Ridge community rallies behind NICU patient in need of blood

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A local police officer and her family are getting support from her brothers and sisters in blue. 

The Oak Ridge Police Department and the community are rallying behind a baby born prematurely last week. Blood transfusions are vital for that little baby boy to survive. 

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“We became police officers to help our community in any way that we can, utilizing our unique talents, and it just so happens the unique talent today is donating blood,” said Oak Ridge officer Trae Sweeten.

Oak Ridge police officers stepped up Tuesday to back one of their own. 

Officer Sherrill Selby’s baby grandson Broc is in the NICU at East Tennessee Childrens Hospital.

“Sherrill realized there are a lot of babies there that need help that didn’t have anyone donating blood for them. So our guys said lets help out all the babies if we can,” said Oak Ridge Police Department Chief Charles Smith.

A MEDIC blood bus was set up in Oak Ridge. Many donated on Broc’s behalf.

He’s O+ and in need of blood, even undergoing his fourth blood transfusion Tuesday.

“You have a number of our officers who are here on their day off, and they weren’t asked to do this, they did this on their own. First of all, I’m really proud of Sherrill Selby for looking outside her own pain and taking care of her family and wanting to take care of these other babies that need support, and then our guys for stepping up and supporting her,” Chief Smith said. 

MEDIC stressing how important blood donations are, but equally stressing the importance of giving over time, not just today. 

“We want to sort of spread out the donations, not just a lump sum, but continue to donate over time so the family can receive the credits and also Medic can supply the hospital with that blood type that is needed,” said Darren Ellis, with Medic Regional Blood Center.

And one thing made clear today – this law enforcement community operates like a family.

“This is Oak Ridge, this is how we do things in Oak Ridge, we do rally behind and take care of one another, it is community,” Chief Smith said.

A family friend sent a message on behalf of Baby Broc’s family. In part, they’re thanking everyone who came out to donate blood on Broc’s behalf, saying the outpouring of support has been overwhelming and they can’t begin to thank those who have stepped up enough. 

You can continue to donate blood on behalf of Broc at any of the MEDIC mobile drives or centers. Just make sure you mention his name when you check in.

For more information, visit medicblood.org

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