2018-11-07 / News

Guns win by a hair

DIANA ROYAL


Pictured are, from left, Jacqueline Clemmons of Shepeard Community Blood Center, BCSO Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, Waynesboro Police Chief Augustus Palmer, Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams, WPD Maj. Cedric Duncan and Rhonda Burke of Queensborough National Bank and Trust. Pictured are, from left, Jacqueline Clemmons of Shepeard Community Blood Center, BCSO Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard, Waynesboro Police Chief Augustus Palmer, Burke County Sheriff Alfonzo Williams, WPD Maj. Cedric Duncan and Rhonda Burke of Queensborough National Bank and Trust. The Guns got the trophy, but everyone was a winner.

In a neck-and-neck brawl for blood, our first responders, along with support from the community, brought their A game, doubling the number of donations for the Guns and Hoses Blood Battle compared to last year. A grand total of 88 people came out to support the event, which was dually sponsored by Queensborough National Bank and Shepeard Community Blood Center. The Guns had 45 total supporters while the Hoses were on their heels with 43.

According to Jacqueline Clemmons of Shepeard Community, the blood battle resulted in 69 good units of blood, which will save the lives of 207 individuals. Since its inception, the local event has impacted 381 people.

Last year, a total of 48 donors rolled up their sleeves, and in 2017, there were 20.

“This event is so special to me,” said Rhonda Burke of Queensborough, who spearheads the blood drive. “I’ve watched it grow, doubling every single year, and I cannot say thank you enough – to our first responders, to our community, to everyone who donates or attempts to donate. For this important day, we all join together for one important cause – saving lives.”

“We were so excited and encouraged by the wonderful turnout at this year’s Guns and Hoses Blood Battle,” Clemmons added. “In this third year of the battle, more than four times the number of Burke County residents came out to give blood, compared to the first year’s participation. Shepeard could not have done it without the support of all of the public departments that ‘rallied the troops’ for us, and the support of the blood drive coordinator, Rhonda Burke. The patients in our local hospitals are also the winners in this friendly battle. We are looking forward to next year. Thank you to everyone who donated and supported the blood drive.”

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