Story by Janmarie Foschini
The Greenwood Lake Ambulance building, located at 74 Windermere Ave., was packed with family, friends and community members on Sat., Dec. 1 as the community came together to remember Trooper Eric Nicholson with an annual blood drive. Eric was killed in the line of a duty on Dec. 6, 2000 in South Carolina. Trooper Nicholson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for two and a half years.
Eric was a “Laker” who grew up in the Village of Greenwood Lake. He was a wonderful son, brother and husband. Eric was loved by all, a friend to everyone, and he always had a smile on his face. The community continues to mourn the loss of Eric.
Each year in December, Eric’s mother, Anne, organizes a blood drive in her son’s memory. This year marks the 17th annual blood drive which is an appropriate tribute to Eric, who gave blood one hour before he lost his life. Eric’s life impacted so many and continues to do so as was evidenced by the amount of people who came out to support the blood drive.