Blood Drive Set for County Employee

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - The community is now responding after a Bay County employee was seriously injured in an accident Wednesday.

James Vinson, 43, was working on the outside lane of Thomas Drive when he was hit by the vehicle.

Officials believe the motorist suffered a possible seizure and was unable to merge to the other lane in time.
As Vinson undergoes several surgeries in intensive care at a local hospital his family is asking the public to help him and others by donating blood. 

Bay County Public Information Officer Valerie Sale says blood has a short shelf life and is always in demand.

"It's important that people continuously donate blood as they can and our community is so giving and caring and our employees," Sale said. "You know our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with the Vinson family and I know everyone is looking for a way they can help and this is a good way to do that."

The first blood drive for Vinson will be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the county's Roads and Bridges department. Two other blood drives are scheduled for June.  One at the Bay County Government Center on June 6th and another at the Solid Waste department on June 8th. 


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