CARTHAGE, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Red Cross hosted a “Blue Blood Drive” Friday in honor of fallen Panola County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Dickerson.

Deputy Dickerson died in the line of duty during a traffic stop in Gary, Texas on New Year’s Eve of 2019. He was only 28-years-old and had served with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office for eight years. His mother says he was also a frequent blood donor.

“I know it’s something I know he would have done. He would have loved and I wanted to honor his memory,” Rebecca Dickerson said. “This is his legacy. He was always involved in the community, and this is a way to help the community.”

That’s why his family and coworkers partnered with the American Red Cross to host their first-ever “blue” blood drive in his name, honoring his life, all law enforcement, while also helping replenish the blood supply.

“Very, very important. Actually, we’re in such a shortage right now we need all the help we can get,” said Brenda Ogilvie, American Red Cross Account Manager.

Ogilvie says the regional blood supply is so critically low right now that the American Red Cross is making cold calls to try and find willing donors and locations.

“We’re so low that hospitals are not being supplied they’re used to. We have to supply it. If we don’t supply it people may die.”

Many East Texans stepped up Friday to donate in Dickerson’s memory.

“Let me tell you all you old folks out there, I’m old and you’re never too old as long as you get up on that table,” said blood donor Nancy Alexander.

His friends and family are still mourning his loss but they say he would be proud to see them giving back for him.

“I’ll always remember Chris and I think the community will too. Chris had a big heart and a big smile. He loved his kids, he loved his family, he was a good guy,” said one of Christopher’s friends, Alisha Postell.

“I’m here to support my brother in blue. The one who was taken from us too soon,” said Panola County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigator, Hollie Mojica.

The “Blue Blood” drive comes just head of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Sunday.