Finishing touches placed on fallen officer's floragraph | News
JACKSONVILLE, AL (WBRC)- The face of Anniston Police Officer Justin Sollohub will be featured as a part of the Rose Bowl Parade.
Sollohub was shot and killed last year pursing a suspect and he donated organs to help others. Friday, Sollohub's mother Jennifer Morris put the finishing touch on his floragraph at his old fraternity, Delta Chi, at Jacksonville State University.
"The message we want to send is that everyone needs to register to be an organ donor. Everyone needs to; there's never a reason not to," Morris said.
Sollohub's image will join 71 others on the Donate Life Rose Bowl float. Morris joined some of Sollohub's friends looking at old pictures at the fraternity. The Alabama Organ Center hopes the event will encourage others to donate.
"His donation saved the lives of four people in the state of Alabama.It helps us get awareness out the importance of organ donations," Chris Meeks, Executive Director of the Alabama Organ Center said.
"We met his heart recipient and it was very exciting. We got to listen to his Justin's heart beating in his chest. It was fantastic. That's what we did for Justin's birthday," Morris said.
To be an organ donor is pretty simple. You can just put it on your driver's license or you can go to the Alabama Organ Donor website and sign up. Justin's family plans to attend the Rose Bowl Parade and game on January 1.
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