The Oklahoma Blood Institute held a blood drive July 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Frederick. The event, dubbed “Guns and Hoses,” pitted the Frederick Fire Department and the Frederick Police Department against each other for a trophy and bragging rights.
Donors were able to vote for their favorite department. Of the 56 people who signed in to give blood, 46 were able to donate. There were 10 deferrals.
“Deferrals are those would-be donors whose iron is too low or for medication or medical issues and are unable to donate at the time,” Drive Coordinator Cacy Caldwell said.
The Frederick Fire Department won with 30 votes. The Frederick Police Department received 13 votes.
“This is the best turn out we’ve had in years,” Drive Coordinator Ric Cooper said. “Next time we’ll get to our goal of 50 donors.”
Cooper and Caldwell would like to thank the Fire Department, the Police Department, Volunteers Billie Cope and Jack Lowery and all of the donors for making this drive successful.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.