PITTSBURGH, PA (July 31, 2019) The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, in partnership with Vitalant, kicked off a month-long blood drive in honor of one of its own, Officer Calvin Hall.
The Bureau was painfully reminded of the crucial importance of donating blood when Officer Hall, was shot and critically wounded while off-duty. While in the hospital, Officer Hall received several units of blood in an effort to save his life, but he later succumbed to his injuries on July 17, 2019.
Officer Hall started each shift with what has become his signature motto, “Gotta go. Time for me to make a difference.” Today, fellow officers and command staff honored Officer Hall in kind, by making a difference through blood donation.
Fifty registered donors, and some walk-ins, turned out to donate at the Vitalant mobile blood unit, making this the most successful blood drive ever held at Pittsburgh Police headquarters.
Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich got the ball rolling, showing up as the first donor of the day.
“Calvin would have been the first in line if one of us required blood, so it is only appropriate that we are the first in line on the first day of the blood drive honoring him,” said Hissrich.
Before donating, Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said the idea to launch the special initiative came from witnessing first-hand the remarkable efforts that were taken to try to save Officer Hall’s life.
“It meant a lot to us. That night we wanted to give blood, but obviously we couldn’t. But one of the things the hospital said was, ‘You can give blood, you can help make a difference with other people,’ That’s how Calvin lived and that’s how we want to live in his legacy and help save other lives,” said Schubert.
Beginning August 1 through August 31, members of the public can also donate blood in Calvin Hall’s honor at any location simply by mentioning his name to Vitalant staff or by using a special group code: Z0021100.
Schedule your blood donation at a Vitalant community blood drive or donation center during the month of August.
To find a location near you, call (412) 209-7000 or visit vitalant.org/officerhall.
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