First responders work to raise money and blood donations in Montgomery Co.

MT. STERLING, Ky. (WKYT) - Police and firefighters are using a friendly rivalry to help bring in blood donors and donations to two different charitable events.

The event was held Thursday at the Montgomery County Health & Civic Center.

"I believe over the winter months blood donation was down a tremendous amount due to the weather," said Captain Jeffrey Jackson of the Montgomery County Fire Department.

So two groups are working to help the Kentucky Blood Center catch up on donations. The Montgomery County Professional Firefighters Association teamed up with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #56 to host the event.

"Every day people are needing blood, with elective surgeries, traumatic injuries or just medical conditions that require blood infusions," Jackson said.

The people donating say they feel an obligation to be here.

"Kind of more out of a duty to help other people," said Thurman Centers. Centers donates every few months.

The first responders are also raising money through raffles and donations. The money will go to the Shop with a Cop Program, and a scholarship for high school students honoring fire Chief Tony Clayton, who died last August. Clayton had leukemia and his friends learned just how important these donations could be.

"He required a tremendous amount of blood products throughout his treatment for leukemia, so this is just to raise the awareness that just because you're not involved in an accident or any type of injury or anything like that that you still need blood," Jackson said.

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