Meek Blood Center hosts drive in honor of Colorado City veterinarian


COLORADO CITY, Texas - The Colorado City community came together Monday for a blood drive in honor of revered veterinarian Justin Goebel.

Goebel was severely injured last week following a head-on collision on Highway 70 just outside of Sweetwater.

Frances Baker with the Meek Blood Center said they started getting phone calls from Colorado City residents, so they decided to load up the blood mobile and head to Mitchell County.

"This community has really come together and what they're trying to do is pay it forward for Justin," Baker said.

"They've always given to us and the community and we need to give back, and if it doesn't help them it can help someone else," said Stacie Goswick, who has known Justin for eight years.

Goswick says she's happy to help in any way she can.

"I know my blood probably won't go directly to Justin--that's not how it works--but if it goes to help somebody else in his name, it's worth it," Goswick said.

Goebel's family is well known in Colorado City for being kind.

"The family is just a wonderful family. Justin is the greatest kid ever," said Dianna Heady. "They're our vets and his wife, Ika, is wonderful, and anything we could do for the family we would do it."

By noon Monday, 40 pints of blood had been received.

Justin's family says he underwent surgery Monday morning at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

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