First responder on life support in need of blood

“Come help out the guy who always helped out the world.”

Family members and officials in Pointe Coupee Parish are pleading to the public for help with a blood drive.

Travon Smith, 35, was cutting down trees on Bayou Fordoche Rd. in Morganza on July 17th. When he went to grab a limb, officials said he misjudged the weight of it. The limb fell down taking Smith with it nearly 50 ft.


A week later, Smith remains on life support in a Baton Rouge hospital in dire need of blood.

It’s why several agencies are coming together to host a blood drive on Sunday, July 24th from 9am-3pm at two different locations.

Smith works part-time for the New Roads Police Dept. and is an honorary member of the Morganza fire department. He works full-time for the city of new Roads as a lineman. On the weekends, Smith works on his private business of cutting down trees and limbs.

“This is a guy, he never told anyone no. That’s why he is an honorary member of our fire department because anytime we need anything, he’s there regardless if it’s 12pm or 12am,” said Morganza Fire Chief Aaron Edwards. “Come help out the guy who always helped out the world.”

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