Blood drive held for injured officer

Dozens of officers donate

Author: Charles Gonzalez, Reporter, Anchor, cgonzalez@ksat.com
Published On: Feb 21 2012 04:28:00 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2012 05:37:44 PM CST
Officer Jonathan Esquivel
SAN ANTONIO -

Dozens of San Antonio police officers filled the 3rd floor of University Hospital Tuesday morning and afternoon. 

It wasn't a 911 call that brought them but another call to serve: a blood drive to help injured Officer Jonathan Esquivel, who was critically injured when he was hit by a truck while working a traffic accident Sunday night at Loop 410 near Evers road.

"The least we can do is spend 15 minutes and give a pint of blood to help him in his recovery," said Chief William McManus, who was the 81st SAPD member to sign up by Monday afternoon.

Esquivel underwent a 10-hour surgery Tuesday morning for multiple severe injuries from the accident.

He was last listed in critical but stable condition.

"He's got to be a tough, tough guy that withstood that and still be alive, thank God," said McManus.

While the blood drive was open to the public, a majority of those who gave wear a badge. 

Coming in to give took little prodding.

"When you risk your lives together, there's nothing that brings you more close than that," said McManus. "It's difficult to see anybody, especially an officer who's out there protecting people and risking their lives to do so, suffer such a serious injury."

A police spokesperson said the driver who hit Esquivel will not be charged and that driver inattention caused the accident.