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Several Houston Co. residents show up, donate at blood drive held for sheriff's deputy

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CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

Sheriff Deputy Billy Christian is a well-loved man around Houston County.

"He's a good guy a good friend and just an asset to this department,” said Houston County Sheriff Darrel Bobbitt.

 "You won't hear anybody say anything negative about Billy,” said Susie Hammond, the  HCSO Communication Supervisor. “He's just that type of person with that type of personality that people are just drawn too, and he would help anybody."

Christian recently had knee surgery and suffered from complications, needing blood several transfusions. So when the man that would help anybody needed help himself, the sheriff's office decided to step up.

"Someone made the suggestion from the group and said we should have a blood drive and I told them I would go check on it,” Hammond said.

The East Texas Blood Center said it would be a few weeks until they could get a drive together, but after hearing about Christian’s case, they sent a bus out that morning.

The sheriff's office expected a few people to show up.

"We put that post out this morning and people all day long have been showing up,” Bobbitt said.
I've been looking out the window of my office and there's been a line since the bus got here. It doesn't surprise me a bit, here in Houston County, people just care.”

"It's just exciting to me to see so many people care,” Hammond said.

Houston County's generosity is something Joy Martin knows all too well

"Blood is essential for life,”said Martin, a Houston County resident. “My son survived Leukemia. He was diagnosed with it in 2009 and he is alive right now because of people giving blood."

Now Christian will receive the gift of life from the very people he puts his life on the line for every day.

“Houston County has never ceased to love people, to accept people, and to do anything they could to help anyone,” Martin said. “I’m proud to be from here. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.
 

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