GALVESTON — A blood drive is scheduled to benefit a longtime Galveston police officer known for his work in the community and with young people.

Officer Carl Lomax, 55, underwent surgery Thursday night after doctors found a blood clot in his brain, Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto said. The surgery went well, but there’s a long road ahead, Porretto said.

A blood drive will be held at the Joe Max Taylor Law Enforcement Facility, 601 54th Street, on Thursday, Porretto said.

Lomax spent seven years with the Galveston Fire Department and has been a police officer for about 18 years, Porretto said.

He worked with juvenile offenders, in community services and is a former member of the department’s SWAT team, Porretto said. 

“He’s got a good reputation as a real community-minded, good person,” Porretto said. “He has a real calm, soothing demeanor.”

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