For each police officer, September 11 cannot pass without remembering our fallen colleagues, and that horrible day in 2001 where we watched the loss of life of not only police officers and firefighters, but those people just going about their daily lives. The need for blood on that day was desperate, and thankfully people stepped up and met that need.
What can we do to help not only memorialize those who lost their lives on 9-11, but also those who have suffered and died in our own city? We can donate blood. If you or a loved one receives blood, that blood came from a person who gave their time to help. Without blood donors, the loss of life would be incalculable.
The need for blood donors is always great and the City of Madison Firefighters and Police Officers would like to commemorate the day by hosting a public blood drive at Blooming Grove Fire Station, 1880 S. Stoughton Rd, Madison, WI. The Never Forget drive will be held from 7:00am-11:30am.
The Madison Firefighters and Madison Police Officers will engage in little friendly completion to benefit the American Red Cross by tracking the number of people each team can get to donate. The Never Forget public blood drive is a great way to remember the victims, honor the brave responders, and rekindle the spirit of public service to help those in need.
Citizens are welcome and invited to donate on Wednesday - just make sure you tell them you're donating on behalf of the Madison Police Department in our competition against the Fire Department!
Can't donate on September 11th? You can still support this blood drive by going to either of the fixed locations starting September 11th - 18th.
American Red Cross East Donor Center: 2109 Zeier Rd.
American Red Cross West Donor Center: 4860 Sheboygan Ave.
Appointments are preferred - but walk-ins are welcomed. For an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code 0324824, or search for the drive using the date Sept 11, 2013, or call (800) RED-CROSS.