Red Cross and DeKalb County Police Department to Honor Fallen Heroes by Giving Blood

August 30, 2011

ATLANTA — Law enforcement officers around the nation work to protect our communities each and every day.  On Tuesday, Sept. 6, you can help these officers save more lives and honor those who have given their lives for our safety by donating blood to the American Red Cross at the DeKalb County Police Department’s Fallen Heroes Memorial Blood Drive.  The drive will be held at the DeKalb County Fire Headquarters’ Peer Auditorium between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“This partnership with the American Red Cross is an excellent opportunity for us and the community to honor our fallen DeKalb County Officers that made the ultimate sacrifice.  How better to keep their memories alive than to roll up our sleeves and potentially save the lives of others,” said DeKalb County Police Chief William O’Brien.

Presenting blood donors will receive a commemorative t-shirt and will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of roundtrip domestic Delta Air Lines tickets and a $500 gift card.

To schedule an appointment for this blood drive, CLICK HERE or call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767).

Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood.  Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

The Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to more than 120 hospitals throughout the state, including the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, DeKalb Medical Center, Emory Healthcare, Grady Health System, Northside Hospital, Piedmont Hospital and WellStar Health System.  Approximately 1,200 people must give blood and platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.