Most felt it was the least they could do.
At the Boston Marriot Copley Place on July 18, hundreds of people turned out to a blood drive in honor of Officer Dic Donohue, the MBTA Transit Officer wounded in a shootout during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in April.
Donohue required more than 46 blood products, including red cells, platelets and plasma, to help save his life.
“I am here today because of blood donors. I would not be alive if people hadn’t volunteered their time to give blood. I would encourage eligible donors to give the gift of life at this event on Thursday,” Donohue said.
When the call came in reporting the bombings, the Red Cross Disaster Operations Center immediately sprung into action. Volunteers handed out more than 3,000 relief items to first responders and those affected and made more than 4,000 mental health contacts. The Red Cross also co-managed the Family Assistance Center for the loved ones of those injured and deceased; and volunteers served 47,000 meals and snacks to families displaced by the manhunt and to first responders. The Red Cross sent 600 blood products to Boston area hospitals in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy.
Among today’s donors was Karen Teller, American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts board member, disaster responder and Tiffany Circle Member. Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau cheerfully drank juice after he donated blood; Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan was happy to pay tribute to one of his own. The drive was hosted by the American Red Cross and Mount Auburn Hospital. Hospital staffers both donated blood and ran the drive.