A new blood-droplet-shaped trophy has been put on display at the Love County Emergency Management Office following the county first responders’ latest Boots & Badges Blood Drive.
The Love County Sheriff’s Office, Marietta Police Department, Love County Emergency Management and Love County Fire Department have been competing to bring in the largest amount of donors for the Oklahoma Blood Institute for several years, said Love County Fire Department Chairman Chris Kirk.
During this year’s drive, the Love County Fire Department set an ambitious goal of 35 donors and ended the drive with 37, Kirk said.
“We went above and beyond our goal this year, which is probably double what other blood drives do in the county,” Kirk said. “So it was a real good blood drive.”
In honor of their sizable contribution, the Oklahoma Blood Institute presented the fire chiefs representing the 14 volunteer fire departments serving Love County with an award during the monthly county Fire Association meeting on Monday, Sept. 30.
“It meant a lot, because you know they don’t have to do that but it’s really nice for them to take the time to come do that,” Kirk said.
Participants in the drive donated a mix of plasma, platelets and blood, Kirk said. All of which are needed to help save the lives of patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide.
Events like the Boots & Badges Blood Drive help first responders and community members give back to others and support a cause near and dear to many of those who work in emergency services, Kirk said.
“It’s good that we do those programs with them and it works very well,” Kirk said. “We really need it and plus with us being in emergency services and closely attached to that part of the community and that part of services for citizens, it’s pretty close to us.”