Published by Kirby Winn on Monday, January 6, 2020 in Blog
Sgt. Tracy Lillard, known as “Trooper Tracy” for her work on Illinois State Police social media accounts, gave blood and spoke with news media, staff, and donors at our Springfield, Ill. Donor Center on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (Thurs., Jan. 9).
Reflecting on first responders who have been injured in the line of duty, Sgt. Lillard stated, “Blood donation has sustained the lives of our troopers who have been hit. This is such a wonderful way to show support for law enforcement, by donating something you truly can’t repay.”
The January 9 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is organized by COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). COPS has organized the National “Bleed Blue” Blood Drive to pay tribute to members of law enforcement and the role transfusion medicine plays in treating victims of trauma.
“Police officers are ‘on the scene’ of traffic accidents and other incidents involving injuries or trauma with blood loss,” said Jim Watts, Donor Relations Manager. “They work with paramedics to get injured persons to hospitals, and those individuals are frequently treated with blood transfusions.”
For additional information, see www.bloodcenter.org/bleedblue.