PCPD, Blood As­sur­ance team up for lat­est drive

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - Staff re­ports

Dozens of lives were saved through the help­ful do­na­tions of sev­eral vis­i­tors to the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment early last week.

All it took was giv­ing over a lit­tle bit of blood to nurses on hand, who af­ter the pro­ce­dure was done handed out snacks to those who stopped by the lat­est drive.

Polk County Po­lice Of­fi­cer Andy An­der­son once again part­nered with Blood As­sur­ance to help pro­vide the group with 16 units of blood in their lat­est visit to the Cedar­town area.

That was enough blood to help save 48 pa­tients in area hos­pi­tals when they are re­ceiv­ing emer­gency treat­ment, go­ing through surgery or need trans­fu­sions to sur­vive.

It was the sixth time that An­der­son has held a blood drive in re­cent years, and he looks to con­tinue the tra­di­tion through­out the year. Pre­vi­ous events in­cluded one not long af­ter the shoot­ing death of Det. Kris­ten Hearne, and then an­other in 2018 a year af­ter she died to honor her pass­ing and those of other law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

Do­na­tions con­tinue around the area on a reg­u­lar ba­sis from both Blood As­sur­ance and the Amer­i­can Red Cross. Make sure to visit red­cross. org or blood­as­sur­ance.org to find out more about giv­ing blood, and up­com­ing events in the com­mu­nity.

/ Kevin Myrick

Above: Blood As­sur­ance staff part­nered with the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment for the lat­est drive on Mon­day, Feb. 4. Below: Blood donors dur­ing the lat­est drive at the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment gave back 16 units, enough to save 48 lives.

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