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OCILLA, GA (WALB) - A fatal accident in Alapaha sent two Irwin County electricians to the hospital last month. One of the men died. The other is still recovering at the Still Burn Center in Augusta.

He's one of four men from Southwest Georgia currently being treated there for serious burns. All four require a lot of blood for their treatments.

The Ocilla Irwin County Chamber of Commerce is now calling on the community to come together for a blood drive in their honor.

On May 15th their father Stephen Spell died after he rushed to save his co-worker and friend Danny Hudson after an explosion at an Alapaha saw mill.

"He immediately put Dan on the ground and started to beat the fire out on Dan. Put him in his truck and called me to get one of my surgeons meet him at the Emergency Room," said his wife Paige Spell.

Not long after Steve got Dan to safety he collapsed. "He was very rattled and very upset. Pretty well stressed. I went back to check on him and he was gone."

But they say it is the support from the community that continues to help them get through this tragedy.

"We live in a small community, and you do not know how many friends you have until you have a tragedy."

Support they now hope will spill into a community blood drive being held in Stephen and Dan's honor.

"Summer is a really hard time with us and blood because people are so busy with vacations and different things going on. Regardless, we still need blood," said Blood Drive Coordinator, Tracey Vickers.

Danny Hudson is still in the Augusta Burn Center recovering from burns on 30% of his body.

"In the instance of a burn, people think it's just the graft, but they have to have blood transfusions every time they have treatment," said Spell.

And Hudson has already received 14 units of blood and Joey Morris from Pearson received 40.

"So many people need blood, cancer patients, burn patients. It's not just people in accidents. So for up to 40 units to be used, 40 people had to give blood for him to have it," said Spell.

And that is why the Irwin Chamber of Commerce is organizing this drive.

"In Ocilla we call this God's Country. And I think listening to her story about how the community has helped her get through this. And we are there now for the Hudson's, that's what it's all about," said Chamber President, Hazel McCraniy.

They hope everyone will come together to save lives and help keep other families from going through the same tragedy.  

The blood drive will be held June 26th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the old elementary school off Highway 32. For more information on this blood drive, you can call the Ocilla Irwin Chamber of Commerse at 229-468-9114. You can also click here.

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