Thursday, March 8th marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Deputy US Marshal, John Perry. He was ambushed and shot in the head while trying to serve an arrest warrant in a house in the 3100 block of Osage in south St. Louis. Perry, 48, died at 7 o'clock that night. During the shootout that erupted, the suspect, Carlos Boles was shot and killed. Another marshal and a city police officer were wounded, but survived.
Perry died in the line of duty.. a hero.. trying to protect all of us. But his fiancee, Pam Robtoy tells me he was also a hero in another way that drew less attention. He was an organ donor. Pam says five people received organs and another 100 benefited from bone and tissue. So, even in death he continued to help others.
That prompted Pam to come up with a unique way to honor Perry on the anniversary of his death. With help from Mid-America Transplant Services, Pam plans to hold the John Perry Organ Donor Registration Drive. It will take place Thursday, March 8th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the US Federal Courthouse at 750 Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis. Anyone can just stop by. It only takes about five minutes to sign the necessary papers to register as an organ donor.
Pam feels such an effort will make the day a little more positive, and not just about mourning and grief.