Takeaways from Tallahassee — Serve, protect, repeat

Serve, protect, repeat

When those essential workers who vow to “protect and serve” are felled by COVID-19, what happens?

In the case of three Florida law enforcement officials, they get better, get back to work and give back again.

A prosecutor, FBI agent and Sheriff’s deputy appearing at a video news conference for the OneBlood Blood Centers earlier this week told stories of how they became sick and — after they recovered — paid it forward by donating their “convalescent” plasma, used to treat hospitalized coronavirus patients.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Larry Keefe — as well as his wife, four sons and two daughters-in-law — were diagnosed in late June after visiting his son who was receiving medical treatment in Charleston, South Carolina.

As a COVID survivor himself, Larry Keefe urges people to ‘pay it forward’ by donating plasma for COVID-19 patients.

“I read about convalescent plasma from COVID survivors and that it could potentially help those who are seriously ill,” he said. “I called the hospital here in Tallahassee that had tested me and monitored my recovery, and I offered

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