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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A blood drive was held in Thomasville Friday in memory of a Thomas County Paramedic, who died while on duty last year.

Jeff Harris donated 52-pints of blood during his lifetime, so his co-workers wanted to honor him by holding a blood drive.

Dozens of People came out to the Remington Avenue EMS station Friday morning and gave nearly 100 pints of blood.

A lot of the donors there were emergency service workers. That's because there was a competition to see which agency could donate the most blood. Thomas county EMS, where Harris worked, won the competition.

Firefighter Robby Mills had never given blood before today. But says he did it for Harris, and to save lives.

"My lieutenant called and said they were having a blood drive for Jeff Harris and I said I'd like to give to him, he gave a lot tos us so I figured I'd give back to him," said Robby Mills, a Thomas county firefighter.

Every donor today got a t-shirt that has Jeff Harris's old radio call number on the front, and Gator Medic on the back.

Those who knew Harris best say he was the biggest Gator fan in town. Harris would have turned 39 this week.

His friends and co-workers say he was a giving guy, that loved his job, and always wore a smile on his face.

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