Josh Parish

First responders throughout Wisconsin, such as Milwaukee Paramedic Fire Captain Joshua Parish, understand the critical importance of blood donations for patients injured in traumatic accidents — particularly during the summer months.

First responders throughout Wisconsin, such as Milwaukee Paramedic Fire Captain Joshua Parish, understand the critical importance of blood donations for patients injured in traumatic accidents — particularly during the summer months.

“Unfortunately, during the summer, we see a lot more serious accidents so the need for blood goes up,” said Parish. “If you have the opportunity, please donate blood.”

First responders like Parish could not save lives without blood donors.

“Blood donors are a part of our rescue team. They play an integral role in saving lives in the community.”

Dane County blood donors can help patients in need at the Heartland Community Church blood drive on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, from 3-7 p.m. at 800 Wilburn Rd.

Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376), or visiting www.bcw.edu.

Anyone 16 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate.

The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, organ, tissue and marrow donation, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties as well as providing support to hospitals and patients across the country. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise.

For more information, visit www.bcw.edu.

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