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Cairo first responders raise awareness for blood donations

Cairo first responders raise awareness for blood donations
Cairo first responders raise awareness for blood donations
Posted at 4:59 PM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 12:54:00-05

CAIRO, Ga. (WTXL) - First responders and community members in Cairo are raising awareness for the vital need for blood donations in South Georgia communities.

Thursday, the Cairo Police Department kicked off their bi-annual Badges for Life blood drive that will run through January, which is National Blood Donor month.

Two buses were parked at the police department and were full with donors all day long.

Billy Godwin, a local resident who received 26 blood transfusions following a motorcycle accident, spoke at a press conference to kick off the event.

In recognition of the vital role that local blood donors have as silent heroes on the medical teams at Grady General Hospital, the Cairo/Grady County Chamber of Commerce has named OneBlood their business of the month.