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Blood drive in memory of fallen soldier

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The family of Staff Sergeant Paul Brooks hosted the 4th annual Fallen Soldier blood drive Saturday at the St. Bernards Auditorium.

Brooks' family partnered with the American Red Cross for the event. His sister, Christy Brooks said they do this blood drive to keep his and other soldiers' memories alive. Brooks was killed in action in 2009 while serving a second tour of duty in Iraq.

"It's not just another blood drive," Christy Brooks said. The memorial blood drive is a way to honor those who fought and died for our country. Brooks said they do this blood drive to keep her brother's memories alive.

"He was an army medic, so this is something he would have loved," she said. "Our first year great run we had over 70 units of blood but as we do this is either goes one way or the other, we either have a lot of support or not a lot of support."

She said her brother was a family man. He leaves behind four kids. She said they hope to get 40 units of blood in honor of her brother's 40th birthday.

"Every day there is someone fighting for our freedom, every day there is someone dying for our freedom this is the least we can do is continue to give back," she said.

Brooks was also a medic in the military and a regular blood donor. 

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