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Blood drive honors beloved Bonham police captain

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For the fourth year, a blood drive honors the memory of Bonham police Capt. Tim La Vergne Sr. (Courtesy) For the fourth year, a blood drive honors the memory of Bonham police Capt. Tim La Vergne Sr. (Courtesy)
A woman donates blood during the Capt. Tim La Vergne Sr. Blood Drive in Bonham. (KTEN) A woman donates blood during the Capt. Tim La Vergne Sr. Blood Drive in Bonham. (KTEN)
Timothy La Vergne II organized the blood drive that honors his late father. (KTEN) Timothy La Vergne II organized the blood drive that honors his late father. (KTEN)

BONHAM, Texas -- A Bonham man is giving back to his city and carrying on his father's legacy.

Friday marked the 4th annual Capt. Tim La Vergne Sr. Blood Drive. The event honors Bonham Police Department officer, who served the agency for 35 years he died of a heart attack in February 2015.

His son, Timothy La Vergne II, organized the blood drive.

"I just take pride in what he did, and as his son continue what he did as a public servant," he said. "February 9 was his final call of service, so we usually have it on or around that time."

La Vergne added that the blood drive was conceived as a way to keep his father's legacy alive..

"He always gave to the community, gave to the city, and did so much. I didn't want to let that memory fade away," he said.

La Vergne doesn't just organize the drive, he participates, too.

"I'm a donor myself, so today was my 18th pint I've given," he said. "That's like 53 lives I've saved, and I think that's a cool feeling."

He encourages everyone to donate blood whenever they can.

"It's important just to know that you're saving lives," La Vergne said. "You don't have to have a cape to be a superhero, but you save three lives at the same time." 

Blood donor Billie Driggers agreed.

"It's just a good thing for people to do, and because I'm a retired RN and I know much blood is needed," she said.

The blood drive ran from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday. The Texoma Regional Blood Center says donations generally slow winter months are generally some of their lowest donation months.

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