UPDATED Tuesday, September 11, 2012 --- 7:30 a.m.
The need for blood donors is still great, and to meet that need City of Madison firefighters are hosting a public blood drive today at Fire Station #11, 4011 Morgan Way, Madison, from 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
UPDATED: Saturday, September 8, 2012 --- 5:13p.m.
Madison firefighters and police officers promise to never forget. As the anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, they're giving back to their fallen comrades by donating blood.
Firefighter Lori Karst will never forget that day. She says, "for me personally it made me want to do more, be more and give more." So, to show appreciation for the men and women who lost their lives on September 11th, Lori is hosting a blood drive at Madison Fire Station #11.
The American Red Cross says every two seconds someone in the country is using blood and blood products. The need for donations is still great. Lori and the Red Cross ask that you take some time out of your day to donate at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.
It's a competition between firefighters and police officers. Donors will be asked to pick a side, then they'll see which team can bring in the most people.
Every time you donate one unit of blood, you can help three people out. You never know when someone you love is going to need that blood.
The blood drive is Tuesday, September 11 from 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at station 11 in Madison. If you can't make it between those hours, the Madison Red Cross locations will be open the entire week.
Posted Friday, September 7, 2012 --- 12:30 p.m.
From the City of Madison Fire Department:
Each year, as September 11 approaches, firefighters and other first responders are asked to reach back and remember that day in 2001, how it affected them as firefighters and, in some cases, how it drove them to become firefighters.
This year, amid the more formal remembrances, firefighters and police officers are using the day to give back in memory of fallen colleagues. Those who vividly remember that day will recall the request that went out for blood donors, and the overwhelming response.
The need for blood donors is still great, and to meet that need City of Madison firefighters are hosting a public blood drive on September 11 at Fire Station #11, 4011 Morgan Way, Madison, from 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Firefighters tend to be a competitive breed and are working with Madison police in coordination with the American Red Cross to create a friendly competition that will track which side can get the most donors in.
Friends/family and all fans of community service are invited to come in and give blood on this special day of Sept 11 for the Never Forget public blood drive, to remember the victims, honor the brave responders, and rekindle the spirit of service to help those in need.
Can't give on the 11th? You can still support this blood drive.
Blood donation opportunities for this event are available during all of next week at either of the fixed locations at the East Donor Center, 2109 Zeier Road, or the West Donor Center 4860 Sheboygan Ave.
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are accepted. For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org
Use sponsor code 0324824 or call 1-800-RED CROSS.