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Media Release

Release Date: December 16th, 2019 - 10:57am

Originator: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905 825 4899

Contact: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905 825 4899

Location: Halton Region

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Halton Regional Police Service Blood Drive in Honour of Officers Shot on Duty

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is hosting a blood donation campaign this month at the Canadian Blood Services, Burlington Blood Donor Center in honour of officers shot in the line of duty in September 2018.

The Blue Line Blood Drive event was created last year after the fatal shooting at the Esso station in Burlington involving HRPS and O.P.P. officers. One of the HRPS officers who was shot received six units of blood in his recovery and this drive is a way of encouraging further donations for people in need of blood.

The Halton community stood united during this difficult time with approximately 150,000 people reaching out on social media to provide their support.  A kick-off event for friends and family of the HRPS officer will take place at the Burlington Blood Donor Centre, 1250 Brant Street, Burlington (Power Centre) on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Halton Regional Police Service Chief Stephen J. Tanner, along with Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie, will be in attendance. City of Burlington Councilor Angelo Bentivegna will also attend.

Many patients rely on O-negative blood to survive because, in an emergency, there may not be time to check a patient's blood type. There is an immediate need for O-negative blood donors right now.

This year's goal is to bring in 100 donors to support this campaign. Members of the public are asked to donate in support of this campaign during the weeks of December 17-31, 2019. Appointments can be booked at www.blood.ca.