Blood drive set to help deputy injured in wreck

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 3, 2010

David Lambert, the Warren County Sheriff’s deputy injured June 24 in a wreck on U.S. 61 North, has been at Jackson’s University Medical Center in serious to critical condition since being airlifted there following the early-morning accident.

As he recovers, Lambert, 38, is facing possible multiple surgeries, said Sheriff Martin Pace.

To help the deputy, Pace has arranged a blood drive Tuesday at the Warren County Courthouse by Mississippi Blood Services, which will send at least one mobile donor coach.

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“We’re having the blood drive in his honor,” Pace said. “That will help Mississippi Blood Services, which does a tremendous job for people throughout the state, and will allow him a supply of blood” for the surgeries.

Tammy Bouchillon, spokesman for the group, said all blood types are needed, especially O and B. Donors should bring ID, eat first and allow 30 minutes to an hour for the procedure, she said.

Friday, Lambert remained in serious condition, UMC spokesman Peggy Wagner said.

Pace said accident reconstruction officials have conducted their site investigation, but have not completed their report.

Skid marks at the scene just past Oak Ridge Road suggest that Lambert, who is believed to have been headed north while responding to a call, tried to avoid a vehicle coming from the right, Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Staff Sgt. Dennis Weaver said after the wreck.

Before coming to Warren County in January, Lambert was employed with the Ross Barnett Reservoir Patrol. He worked in security for River Oaks Medical Center in Jackson from 2006 to 2008 and for UMC police from 1995 to 2006.

Lambert’s wife is a nurse at River Region Medical Center, and he has three stepchildren and seven step-grandchildren.