While it is indubitably the thought that counts, the Fife Police Department is partnering with Cascade Regional Blood Services to give an opportunity to the community for action as well. From 4:30-7 p.m. on May 17, they will be jointly hosting a blood drive at the Fife Criminal Justice Center to benefit fallen officers. This drive is part of a regional campaign. Other events are being sponsored and hosted by the Tacoma Police Department, the Puyallup Police Department, and Washington State Patrol from May 9 through May 14.They were scheduled to occur in conjunction with the annual Pierce County Law Enforcement Memorial event, which was held on May 11 at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, six members of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department have been lost on duty, three members of the Puyallup Police Department, and 10 members of the Tacoma Police Department.
While the Fife Police Department has never lost an officer, Holly Ball, director of development and community relations at CRBS, says that officers and civilians alike are still encouraged to participate. “You can donate blood and honor local law enforcement,” she said.
Blood donated to CRBS will be distributed to Multicare Health Systems and Franciscan Health Systems in King and Pierce County, as the nonprofit has been doing since 1946. The blood collected has the potential to save lives, and almost anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to donate, though minors will require signed parental permission. Prior to donating, participators are reminded to drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages and get plenty of rest.
Officers of the Fife Police Department will be participating as well, adhering to the departmental value of compassion. For those interested in attending the event, the Criminal Justice Center is located at 3737 Pacific Hwy. E. in Fife. Contact information for either the police department or Cascade Regional Blood Services can be found on their respective websites.