BANGOR- All across the country, police departments are hosting blood drives in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
“Somewhere between 130 and 140 officers are killed every year in the line of duty,” said Christopher Blanchard, a patrol officer with the Bangor Police Department. “This is our way of helping assist the community with blood donations and some of that blood may have saved some officers lives.”
The event was hosted by the group Concerns of Police Survivors in partnership with the American Red Cross.
“Police Survivors is an organization there to support families and agencies of our fallen police officers,” Blanchard explained.
Blanchard said about 20 people donated blood.
“I wanted to donate blood today because I wanted to show my support for law enforcement officers and all that they do for us,” said one donor.
This is the second time the group held a blood drive at the Bangor Police Department.
“It’s our first responders and especially law enforcement that are here to protect the citizens, so we need to take care of them,” Blanchard added.
He said they plan on doing it again next year.