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Giving blood on 9/11

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MADISON (WKOW) -- First responders in our area are giving back this September 11, in memory of those who lost their lives 12 years ago.

Madison Fire Department and Madison Police Department hold a friendly competition every year, to see which team can get more people to donate blood in honor of 9/11 victims.

The "Never Forget" blood drive is a reminder of the dire need for blood donations following the attacks, and the overwhelming response it generated from the American public.

"You don't have to wear a badge to be a hero, you can just roll up your sleeve, give blood and you're gonna save three lives," says Lori Karst, with Madison fire.

If you missed a chance to help the fire and police teams with their Battle of the Badges blood drive, you can still donate at the American Red Cross east and west donation centers through next Wednesday. 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- In the immediate aftermath of September 11, images of tens of thousands of Americans lining up to give blood flashed across television screens.

Twelve years ago, the unprecedented turnout created a blood surplus. This is not the situation today, according to the American Red Cross. Representatives for the Badger Chapter say they're experiencing a blood shortfall.

To honor of the men and women who lost their lives during the Pentagon and World Trade Center attacks 12 years ago, local police and firefighters are patriotically offering up their own blood to help others in need and hosting a blood drive at the Blooming Grove Fire Department. 

On Wednesday, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., local police and firefighters will have a competition at the Blooming Grove Fire Department to see who can give the most.

27 News Reporter LiLi Tan will be live at the Blooming Grove Fire Department this morning in the 6:00 a.m. hour of Wake Up Wisconsin. She'll be speaking to firefighters about changes they have made since the 9/11 attacks to better protect us here, as well as aspiring firefighters about how the events inspired them to want to serve.

The Madison Public Safety, Never Forget Blood Drive is on Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Blooming Grove Fire Department at 1880 S. Stoughton Rd.

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