By Barrett Phillips
The Guns and Hoses blood drive is in its ninth year in Rapid City, but this year featured an added event.
Both the fire department (team fire) and police department (team law) competed in a fire truck face off. Firefighters and cops raced by pulling fire trucks across the parking lot. This friendly competition was done in an effort to pull more donors down to give blood.
In the past eight years, they have had 5,000 donors. This year, they to more than double that, with 1,200 volunteer donors. Donor Susie Marcks said there is no need to be afraid of the needle. "Don't be afraid to come down. It's not bloody or gory; it's just a quick needle stick. You don't even look at the needle going in. It took me ten minutes and I got a free sandwich," Marcks said.
Angelina Pillet, director of Donor Recruitment with United Blood Services, explains what your blood donation means to those who receive donations. "It usually means life; most transfusions (more than 90 percent of them) are live saving transfusions. So, if someone is in need of blood it's usually to save their life," Pillet said.
The blood drive goes through Saturday, so donate for your favorite team.