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Future Firefighter Needs Your Blood in Granada Hills This Tuesday

Friday, July 16, 2010 |

Randall Opperman III, the son and grandson of active duty Los Angeles Firefighters, is in a brave fight for his life at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and needs your blood and platelets.

A blood drive to support young Randy and other children in medical need will be held:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fire Station 87
10124 Balboa Boulevard
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Donors will be treated by firefighters to a pancake breakfast in the morning and lunch of Tri Tip sandwiches in the afternoon.

All blood types are needed. Those with medical questions - or who are interested in donating platelets, are encouraged to contact Childrens Hospital Blood Services directly at (323) 361-2441.

Our sincere thanks to the many who made this special blood drive a success. Though young Randy has been helped through your stunning generosity, other children remain in need. If you live near Los Angeles, you can save the life of a "future firefighter" by visiting:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman (and blood donor)
Los Angeles Fire Department


LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Friend of the LAFD,

We're deeply pleased to report that Randall Opperman III's condition has been upgraded from critical to what is described as stable.

Blood products were a necessary component in the treatment that saved his life. The Opperman and LAFD families remain profoundly grateful to those who donated blood and platelets.

The 190 participants who attended the blood drive at Fire Station 87 made for a record breaking day for Childrens Hospital.

The supportive turnout of blood and platelet donors included firefighters, LAFD friends, family and caring community members - not to mention Fire Chief Millage Peaks.

Thanks to generous contributions from the Fireman’s Relief Association, UFLAC, Ralph’s Grocery Store, Starbuck’s and Western Bagel, breakfast and lunch were provided. If you frequent these San Fernando Valley retailers, please join us in thanking them for their participation.

Our special thanks also go to the many on- and off-duty members of Fire Station 87 for their hard work in food preparation and for proudly and efficiently hosting this event.

Due to the overwhelming community involvement at this blood drive, not only have baby Randy’s blood needs been met, but other patients of Childrens Hospital have and will continue to benefit as well.

If you missed this event, or would like to join Neighborhood Firefighters in regularly supporting the Blood Donor Program at Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, please call (323) 361-2441.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist (and blood donor)
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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