Firefighters And EMT Claim Victory in 2011 "Blood Feud", New Record

By Peter Ambrose
By Megan Trent
By Scott Sarvay

December 26, 2011 Updated Dec 26, 2011 at 3:02 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Red Cross workers are grateful for the turnout they saw during this year's "Battle for Blood" drive.

They collected more than 1,200 units of blood, a new record.

Tracy Duncan with the Red Cross says, “This is a difficult time of year for us to collect blood, and so it really helps when the fire departments and the police departments get involved and encourage people to come out and donate as well as coming out and donating themselves.”

The annual event wrapped up Christmas weekend with the firefighter and EMT team once again barely edging out the police in votes.
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At the end of the first day of this year's Battle for Blood, police have taken the lead with 53 donations. The firefighter and EMT team are following close behind with 48 blood or platelet donations.

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The American Red Cross kicks off another year of the Battle For Blood this morning.

The goal is to get more volunteers to donate blood during the holiday season through a friendly competition between Ft. Wayne & Allen County police officers and local firefighters & EMTs.

Both sides are battling for the most votes from donors in this 17th annual event. The police team will hope to get their first win since 2005.

The Red Cross hopes to collect at least 1,100 pints of blood and 500 platelet products during this year's Battle. It runs through Christmas Eve.

You can donate at the Red Cross' Donor Center on California Road, across from the Memorial Coliseum, or at the Lutheran Hospital Donor Center on W. Jefferson Blvd.

Donors will get a free t-shirt, refreshments from Pizza Hut and be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 Visa gift card.

You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at the Red Cross' website.




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