‘Fearless Fighters’ blood drive initiative sets new mark
SAN BERNARDINO – LifeStream Blood Bank’s Sixth Annual Fearless Fighters (formerly Guns & Hoses) summertime blood drive initiative resulted in a record 1,143 units of blood collected, potentially assisting 3,000 or more local patients.The previous collection mark was 940 units, set in 2018.
Fearless Fighters invited local police, fire, and other first responder agencies to host LifeStream blood drives in July and August and take part in a friendly competition to collect the most blood to assist patients in need.
Perennial champ San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department pulled out all the stops to keep the title by hosting four separate blood drives. The department collected a total of 182 units to again outdistance the competition. Big Bear Professional Firefighters collected 55 units at its blood drive to earn runner-up honors; the Fontana Police Department (50 units at one drive) had the third-highest total.
“Our heartfelt appreciation and thanks go out to the more than 30 agencies that participated in ‘Fearless Fighters,’” said Rick Axelrod, MD, LifeStream’s president, CEO and medical director. “It is an honor to partner with our first-responder heroes who encourage other heroes – volunteer blood donors – to come forward for the benefit of community wellness.”
Fearless Fighter awards will be formally presented later this year at LifeStream’s annual Blood Drive Chairperson Awards program.
LifeStream provides blood supplies and services to more than 80 Southern California hospitals. For more information and to set an appointment, call 800-879-4484 or click below.