Sallisaw firefighters and police tussle over a T-shirt that will be given away free, along with two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, to every blood donor at the Guns & Hoses Blood Drive on July 24. Hoping to win by having the most donors are, from the left, Assistant Fire Chief Steve Padgett, Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong, and Police Officers Lita Armer and Mark Rutherford.
Residents can show support for their firemen and police officers on July 24 by donating blood at the annual Guns & Hoses Blood Drive.
The blood drive will be conducted by the Oklahoma Blood Institute from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Sallisaw Civic Center.
While the firefighters say they win the drive every year with the most donations on their behalf, the police officers say that’s not the case. The police win every year, they claim.
Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong quipped, “If they win it’s because we let them. We feel sorry for them.”
Regardless of the kidding between the two departments, it’s the public that wins by supporting their firemen and police officers. Donors will also get a free Guns & Hoses T-shirt and a voucher for two entries to the Oklahoma City Zoo.
To schedule an appointment visit www.obi.org or call Greg Womack at 479-652-2362.
To give blood a photo ID is required. Donors age 16 must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission, 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, and 18-year-olds and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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