Local law enforcement officers and firefighters will team up with the Red Cross this July for the annual Guns-N-Hoses campaign to increase the number of blood donations made during trauma season. Firefighters, police officers and other first responders are often aware of the need for blood when responding to emergencies. In the spirit of saving lives, they have joined forces to give blood themselves, and to encourage the public to join them. Those who come to donate blood during Guns-N-Hoses will receive a free t-shirt and entries into free drawings.

With support from the Ohio Highway Patrol, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Mount Vernon Police Department, and the Mount Vernon Fire Department, a blood drive will be held July 20, 2013, at the Main Fire Station, 200 West Gambier Street, Mount Vernon from 9:00a-2:00p.

“Our firefighters and police officers help keep our community safe every day of the year,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Region. “When you come to donate blood this July you too can help our community by helping save up to three lives with your single blood donation.”

Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer added “We are in the height of trauma season. The Guns N Hoses Blood Drive is a friendly competition between law enforcement and firefighters to see who can bring in the most donors. But in the end, it is the recipients who are the real winners.”

This dynamic campaign is scheduled during the critical summer “trauma season” when the demand for blood often exceeds the supply. Trauma season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is characterized by an increase in vehicle crashes and related injuries. At the same time, busy summer schedules mean people are less likely to give blood.

To schedule an appointment to give, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. On July 20th, remember to cast your vote for “guns” or “hoses”.



Joshua Morrison: 740-397-5333 or admin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @


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