Blood drives held in honor of Scalise

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief

In the wake of the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Legislature, with the help of LifeShare Blood Centers, recently organized a blood drive in honor of Steve Scalise and in recognition of those that donated to help save his life.

The blood drive was held throughout last week in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Bossier City, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport.

Two locations were set up at the State Capitol, one at the back entrance of the capitol and one at the Pentagon Barracks facing Third Street.

We in the Legislature continue to be prayerful as we await new information about the condition of our former colleague, Congressman Scalise," Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger said in a press release about the event. "This tragic event is a reminder that every moment in life is precious. Today, we hope that people across Louisiana will donate life saving blood as a way of ensuring adequate supply for the people of our state and in honor of those who gave in DC to aide Congressman Scalise. I would especially like to thank Tommie Langlois with LifeShare Blood Centers for her quick response and diligence through the late hours of last night. Without her assistance we would not be able to provide this necessary service to the community.”

Majority Whip Scalise is out of the intensive care unit (ICU) as of June 23 and is said to be in "fair" condition.

In the latest news surrounding the tragic shootout, Phil Montag, the former volunteer co-chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s technology committee has been fired for saying he was "glad" Scalise was shot.