Miami-Dade County

Emergency blood drives being held for critically injured police officers

Major Ricky Carter, Commander of Miami-Dade Police Department’s Northside District looks over a plaque he received during a ceremony honoring first responders at the Miami-Dade College North Campus in 2016. Carter graduated from MDC in 1996.
Major Ricky Carter, Commander of Miami-Dade Police Department’s Northside District looks over a plaque he received during a ceremony honoring first responders at the Miami-Dade College North Campus in 2016. Carter graduated from MDC in 1996. wmichot@miamiherald.com

Miami-Dade police announced an emergency blood drive Monday at four locations around the county for Maj. Ricky Carter, critically injured in Sunday morning's motorcycle accident, and Miami police officer Carlos Gomez, critically injured in Monday morning's crash in Wynwood

The drive will last until 7 p.m.. The sites are:

▪  Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Bloodmobile parked near the emergency room entrance

▪  The station Carter runs, Northside District Station, the corner of Northwest 81st Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue

▪  Miami-Dade Police Department headquarters, 9105 NW 25th St.

▪  The Kendall District Station, 7701 SW 117th Ave.

Identification is required.

While riding his Suzuki motorcycle south on Interstate 75 Sunday morning, Carter, a 21-year veteran of the department, lost control and skidded into a guardrail near Northwest 138th Street. He was taken to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.

Monday morning found several police officers at Ryder, some there for Carter and some for Gomez. Gomez was heading for an emergency call when he collided with a Madza 6 sedan at Northwest 29th Street and Second Avenue, a crash that sent Gomez’s car grill first into a building.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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