Evanston Police Detective Tracy Williams received an award today from the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers as the organizer of the most innovative blood drive of the year.

Evanston Police Detective Tracy Williams received an award today from the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers as the organizer of the most innovative blood drive of the year.

Evanston Police Officer Joe Bush, left, shakes hands with blood drive organizer Detective Tracy Williams.

Williams organized the blood drive last December after a friend and fellow Evanston police officer, Joseph Bush, was involved in a motorcycle accident on his way to work that left him near death.

Williams visited several nearby towns to promote the drive among police and fire personnel, organized media coverage and built a website to promote the drive.

The resulting drive, the coalition says, was a huge success, bringing in nearly 300 donors.

In the year since the accident, Bush has recovered sufficiently to return to limited duty with the police department and is hoping to return to his regular work soon.

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