Blood drive for wounded DougCo detective

9NEWS at 7 a.m. 09/12/16.

PARKER - The community rallied around a Douglas County detective who was critically wounded in a shootout with a suicidal suspect more than a week ago.

The Brite Blood Drive took place at the Parker Police Department on Monday. Within just one hour, all 40 spots were filled.

Blood donor John Ruth says blood donations saved his life when he was 5 years old.

He jumped on the opportunity to help Brite and others in the community.

"It’s really about paying it forward. These officers do wonderful things every day that they don’t get credit for that you don’t even hear about and it takes a tragedy like this for people to really appreciate them," Brite said.

Hundreds of people attended a fundraiser for Brite at the Coffee Cabin in Parker on Sunday.

Brite has been fighting for his life since Sept. 2, when he was wounded by a suspect seen holding a gun near Sierra Middle School.

The suspect died at the scene.

You can still donate in Brite’s honor at any Bonfils center.  Just give them the code 7-3-1-1 upon arrival.

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