July 2, 2014

Guns & Hoses blood drive comes to Grady


Among the various questions blood donors must answer before anything is drawn, a new one will be posed to them on July 23: Guns or Hoses.

First responders from across the county are combining forces to see who can get the most people to donate blood on their behalf between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. that day at First Baptist Church in Chickasha. The blood drive, named "Guns & Hoses," was thought up by Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir, who believes this is just another way to serve the community. It is the inaugural year for the event.

"It's another way we protect and serve," Weir said. "We give blood and save lives."

The competition comes in as Grady County firefighters and police officers try to get more of the public to donate blood on behalf of their department. Bragging rights are on the line, while the individual donors will receive a free t-shirt and two Tulsa Zoo tickets. 

Oklahoma Blood Institute is carrying out the drive. According to OBI, more than 700 pints of blood are used in hospitals across the state every day.

For more information, contact Lisa Hatchett at the Grady County Sherriff's Office at (405) 222-1000, ext. 259.

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