Phoenix police host blood drive in honor of injured officer

PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Phoenix police are honoring one of their own.

Earlier this month, Officer Sean George was critically injured while pulling out of a substation near Cave Creek Road and the Carefree Highway.

"You know, whenever we have crisis, the community steps up big time and that means so much to us," said Ken Crane with the Phoenix Police Department. "It's very heartening to see the support that we do get."

Officer George was hit by a car with an impact so hard, he's been in a trauma unit and has since undergone several surgeries.

"Oh my gosh! What a stellar guy he was... top notch," said Shelly Mirabito of the Phoenix Police Department. "It's all a big family... fire and police."

Coming together, the Phoenix Police Department partnered with United Blood Services and put together a blood drive in downtown Phoenix to benefit the Black Mountain Precinct officer.

"It means a lot to the law enforcement community out there when the community steps up to support us," Crane said.

For those who donated, the department says they are overwhelmed by the show of love and support for both law enforcement and Officer George.

"He's got a good support system, he's got a good network in place and he needs that," Crane said. "Officers need that when this happens."