Blood donor

Retired HFD B-shift member John Tankersley drove from the south side of Tyler to come support and donate for his shift of 27 years. 

 

Henderson Police Department and Henderson Fire Department went head-to-head Tuesday to get votes from the community at the Carter BloodCare “Battle of the Badges” blood drive.

HFD and HPD were on hand from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lowe’s parking lot to visit with the community and solicit votes before donor’s blood donations. 

“We want to thank everybody for coming out and wanting to donate,” HFD B-shift captain Sonny Ybarra said in a Facebook Live video Tuesday following the blood drive. “At the end of the day the real winners are the members of the community.”

The campaigning was strong with HFD offering free snow cones as well as membership discounts to Anytime Fitness for those that voted for them and HPD offered free Scholotzsky’s kids meals and homemade cookies. 

Taking home the trophy for the second year in a row is the fire department with a 10 vote defeat. 

“This was for a great cause that our community benefits from and is just another avenue for the first responders to give back to the ones we serve,” said HPD Chief Chad Taylor. “This is a true team effort due to the fact HPD and HFD work so well together.”

The goal for this year was to have 50 donors and the community stepped up to overcome that goal with 87 total units donated with 138 people showing up. More than 80 votes were counted before 3:30 p.m. 

Carter BloodCare is one of the largest community blood centers and its services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood components.

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