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MPD officers organize blood drive for colleague

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(WMC-TV) - Memphis police officer Margaret Taylor has a life threatening illness and needs a blood transfusion. Her fellow officers are now reaching out to help their colleague who is fighting for her life, while at the same time fighting to keep her job.

Lifeblood Mid-South Regional Blood Center's mobile unit spent Friday at the South Main Memphis Police Department precinct.

Officer Toree Dabney organized a blood drive for Taylor, who needs O positive blood for a blood transfusion to battle a life threatening illness.

"The fact that she's fighting so hard, I figured we should fight for her as well," said Dabney.

Taylor's health isn't the only battle the officer is facing. She could also lose her job.

In September, she was charged with aggravated assault after two teens and a 10-year-old accused her of threatening them when they asked to cut the grass at her home.

The accusations are out of line with how coworkers describe her.

"Officer Taylor has never had a situation where you second guess her judgement as a police officer," said Dabney.

While officers continue a life saving act for their coworker, an indictment against Taylor could cost the 11 year veteran officer her job and her health.

Loved ones say she has received six blood transfusions since February 1. She also had to have emergency surgery on March 4, all while waiting to find out whether she will be indicted by a grand jury.

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