Remembering 9/11: FBI Portland Holds Blood Drive to Mark Anniversary
FBI Portland Holds Blood Drive to Mark Anniversary
On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, agents and professional support employees in the FBI’s Portland Division wanted to mark the day in a special—and very personal—way. As the division’s flag flew at half staff in honor of the thousands of people who died as a result of the attacks, employees boarded a Red Cross Bloodmobile just a few feet away.
In all, 26 employees took part in the drive, adding much needed pints of blood to the Red Cross’ regional supply. Those employees were able to donate a total of 21 pints.
|An FBI Portland employee stands with the Red Cross Bloodmobile after donating blood.
The Red Cross calculates that each year, as many as four million people in the United States need blood donations. Because blood is processed and separated into its component parts, a single donor could help save the lives of more than one person.
The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is a strong partner agency when it comes to emergency response training and preparation in our state. In times of disaster, the organization provides a great deal of support—not only to the affected community but also to the law enforcement agencies who are working to respond as well. It is a partnership the FBI values and will continue to nurture in the coming months and years.