MAHWAH, NJ – Members of the Bergen County Police & Fire Academy are stepping in to help boost the fragile blood supply by holding a pre-Thanksgiving blood drive with Community Blood Services to ensure there is enough blood available for patients in local hospitals as the holiday season gets underway.
The drive will be held from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26 at the academy, 281 Campgaw Road.
Dr. Michael Golz, the lead physical training instructor at the academy for the past 23 years, is helping to coordinate the drive with the academy’s new recruits that is held at the end of their 22-week training. He expects most academy members will take time out to make it a successful drive.
“During the past 22 years our police academy recruits have donated thousands of pints of blood to the center,” Dr. Golz said. “Whether it’s a polar bear plunge, a 5K for breast cancer, a tough mudder for disabled vets, a torch run for the Special Olympics or answering the call to donate blood for our community, these guys step up in large numbers.”
“Police don’t just give tickets, they give for good causes whenever they can,” he said proudly.
“Dedicated blood donors from the academy have supported the community by donating dozens of life-giving units at the academy drives,” said Elise Johansen, the account manager at Community Blood Services working with Dr. Golz. “We especially appreciate them answering the call to help before the holidays when there is an even greater need for blood.”
Community Blood Services has been working with community members like the police and firefighters for more than 60 years to meet its community’s transfusion medicine needs.
The blood center supplies lifesaving blood and blood products to more than 18 hospitals in New York and New Jersey, including Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, HackensackUMC, St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Wayne and Paterson, and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.
Whole blood donors must be 17-75 years of age (16 with parental permission) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Complimentary non-fasting cholesterol and glucose screenings are offered with every donation.