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December 23, 2008

Emergency workers save blood delivery

I would like to publicly thank the staff of MAST Ambulance Service, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and Fire Department for going above and beyond the call of duty.

One of our staff members was transporting blood products on Dec. 16 and became seriously ill and could not carry on with his deliveries. A call was placed to 911, and they responded very quickly.

The emergency responders were notified of the location of the vehicle and took the keys to Fire Station 43, which happened to be one block away.

The mission of the Community Blood Center is to provide blood that meets the needs of patients, physicians and hospitals. We take our role as stewards of the regional blood supply very seriously, and those mentioned above helped us carry our mission on this occasion.

In addition to the life-saving services these individuals provide on a daily basis, many of these public servants are also regular blood donors and save even more lives in our community.

Because of their quick response and helpfulness, our staff member was helped and the blood was retrieved and delivered to the hospitals in time for the patients who needed it.

Pat Parton
Director of distribution and hospital services, Community Blood Center
Kansas City

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