Siouxland police officers donated more than just their protection today.
LifeServe Blood Center teamed up with the Concerns of Police Survivors or COPS and hosted a Blue Blood drive to honor National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Several police officers around Siouxland volunteered to donate one pint of blood for local hospitals. LifeServe gave away T-shirts and free donuts to other local volunteers that donated in honor of Siouxland officers.
Patrick Hinrichsen, Woodbury’s Deputy Sheriff, said he feels like every day is National Law Enforcement Day because people in the community are always showing their appreciation for what he does.
“Everybody is so appreciative of what we do. I mean, I can’t go anywhere in uniform and not have somebody thank me. None of us look for it, but it is nice to know that the public sees us out there, and they know that we’re trying our best to keep them safe,” said Hinrichsen.
The LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.
Claire DeRoin, Life Serve Relations Coordinator, explained how the blood donations are used.
“People can donate whole blood which is just one pint of blood and then we separate it out into those different aspects in and out of the lab. Because it gets separated into platelets, plasma, and red blood cells, one donation can save three local hospital patients lives,” said DeRoin.
LifeServe said the turn out for the Blue Blood Drive was a success thanks to the promotion of Siouxland officers. LifeServe said through the appreciation of officers, they were able to shed light on the need for more blood in critical situations.