O-negative blood at a premium

Booneville first responders are looking for citizens to support their efforts through blood donation with Arkansas Blood Institute. Those who give at the Boots & Badges blood drive on Monday, July 16, will provide blood needed to save local lives, such as those that firefighters and law enforcement officers rescue.

Anyone 16 years or older -- 16-year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17-year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18 and older individuals must weigh at least 110 pounds -- is urged to stop by the Booneville Community Building between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

All donors will receive special-edition Boots & Badges T-shirt, and their choice of voucher, for either two free admissions to Science Museum Oklahoma, or two free admissions to Safari Joe’s H20 Water and Adventure Park in Tulsa. They will also take part in a little healthy competition by designating their donations to either the fire department or law enforcement as each department strives to top the other with the most blood donations.

Although all blood types are needed, donors with O-negative blood are particularly urged to give. Only seven percent of the population has this blood type, but it is the ‘universal type’ and can be used in an emergency when a patient’s blood type is not known.

“Booneville’s first responders see the daily need for blood first-hand when the people they rescue require life-saving treatment,” said John Armitage, M.D., President & CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute. “We can’t say enough about the service our police officers and firefighters provide, and we owe it to them to do our part in making sure blood is available in emergency situations.”

Appointments for the blood drive may be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting arkbi.org.