Moriah and Steve Durant present West Bloomfield Fire Department Capt. Gary Proctor and Chief Gregory Flynn with a plaque Jan. 3 commemorating a blood drive held at the station in their daughter’s memory.

Moriah and Steve Durant present West Bloomfield Fire Department Capt. Gary Proctor and Chief Gregory Flynn with a plaque Jan. 3 commemorating a blood drive held at the station in their daughter’s memory.

Photo by Deb Jacques


West Bloomfield family hosts blood drive in memory of daughter killed in crash

By: Kayla Dimick | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 9, 2020

 The drive was hosted at West Bloomfield Fire Station 5, on Maple Road.

The drive was hosted at West Bloomfield Fire Station 5, on Maple Road.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Four-year-old Rosaria Durant loved the movie “Frozen.”

She loved horses, traveling with her parents and learning to play music with her dad.

On Dec. 7, 2016, Durant was killed in a high-speed, head-on collision in Ohio. Her dad, Steve Durant, was critically injured.

In memory of their daughter, Durant and his wife, Moriah, hosted a blood drive Jan. 3 with the West Bloomfield Fire Department.

“We had a lot of good memories with her. We had quite a bit in four years. We packed them in,” Steve Durant said.

Durant said the crash occurred outside of Columbus, Ohio, when a 20-year-old man crossed the centerline of the highway and hit them head-on.

Durant and his wife were both injured in the crash that ultimately killed their daughter. The main artery in Durant’s abdomen was severed, and he suffered a concussion, along with several broken bones. He now uses a walker to help him get around.

“I needed four units of blood to stay alive, so I’m really passionate about blood drives. I’ve had family members that require transfusions because of sickle cell disease and cancer,” Durant said.

The driver of the other vehicle reportedly died in the hospital in the weeks following the crash.

“Emotionally, it was indescribable, really. Physically, it was extremely difficult, because I didn’t eat or drink for nine days straight,” Durant said. “I had to get a pass from the hospital to attend (my daughter’s) funeral, and then go back.

“We like to do positive things in her memory to keep her legacy around,” he said. “Like my walker has her name on it. Her favorite movie was ‘Frozen,’ so I had it custom painted.”

Durant said he worked with the West Bloomfield Fire Department and the West Bloomfield Rotary Club to make the blood drive happen. Versiti Blood Center of Michigan facilitated the drive.

“Steve had come to us and said he wanted to do a blood drive in honor of his daughter, and he wanted to team up with us because he’s pretty involved in the community,” EMS Capt. Gary Proctor said. “We thought it was a great, worthwhile cause.”

While this is the first blood drive the Durants have hosted in honor of Rosaria, Steve Durant said they plan on hosting more in the future.

“People should cherish their children. Every moment that they have with them,” he said.

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