Baton Rouge police are tops in blood drive _lowres

Photo provided by Kim St. Blanc -- Members of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, winners of the 2014 First Responders Championship Blood Drive, pass on the trophy to the 2015 winning team from the Baton Rouge Police Department. Personnel from each agency attended the trophy swap, including from left, Capt. Lynn Ferguson and Deputy Chief David Hamilton, BRPD; Sgt. Chad Parker and Maj. Anthony Ponton, EBRSO; Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie; Deputy Melvin Edwards and Cpl. Lavontia Ealy, EBRSO; and Cpl. Don Coppola, BRPD.

East Baton Rouge Parish received lifesaving blood thanks to the efforts of first responders from the Baton Rouge Constable’s Office, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Medical Services, Louisiana State Police and the Public Defender’s Office.

The team giving the most blood wins, and this year it was the Baton Rouge Police Department with 48 donations. Last year’s winner, EBRSO, was forced to hand over the trophy to the BRPD.

All first responders throughout the parish were encouraged to participate.

The partnership between the first responders and United Blood Services made a great impact in replenishing the community’s blood supply, United Blood Services donor recruitment representative Kim St. Blanc.

The blood drive yielded 104 donations with the potential to save a total of 312 lives, she said.

St. Blanc said the event takes place during the time of year when blood donations are needed most.

“We want to thank all parish first responders and each person who participated in this lifesaving event,” St. Blanc said. “The selfless act they performed by donating blood to save lives is irreplaceable and greatly appreciated by UBS and the patients we serve.”

To donate, visit unitedbloodser vices.org/LA, call (877) UBS-HERO or (877) 827-4376 or stop by the UBS donor center at 8234 One Calais, Baton Rouge.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least age 16, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors between 16 and 22 years old.

Donors age 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian and can download permits at unitedbloodservices.org.

All donors receive a free cholesterol test and can earn points in the “Hero in Me” online rewards store at bloodhero.com for movie tickets, pizza, shopping cards and more. Photo identification is required to donate.