Blood drive to honor fallen soldiers held in Jonesboro

Blood drive to honor fallen soldiers held in Jonesboro

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The family of Staff Sergeant Paul Brooks hosted the third annual Fallen Soldier blood drive on Saturday at the Rock of Northeast Arkansas Life Center.

Brooks' family partnered with the American Red Cross for the event. 

His sisters said that they do this blood drive to keep both his and other soldiers' memories alive.

Brooks was killed in action in 2009, while serving a second tour of duty in Iraq.

"These people are fighting for us. They are not just individuals or people who need a job, or they're coming home to see their family," said Brooks. "These people are doing what keeps us alive and safe and free."

The Red Cross has collected 138 pints of blood during the two previous drives. Their goal for this year is 75 pints.

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