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May 26, 2008

Albany - Firefighters rushed to the blood donor center in Albany Monday to save lives. Fire engines loaded with firefighters arrived at the Donor Center on Dawson Road around 10 AM.  There was no fire, just a desperate need for blood.

During the summer, and holiday weekends in particular, the need for blood increases dramatically. Albany firefighters were asked to respond to the call and showed up in full force. "The Albany Fire Department, AFD, I call them Albany's Finest Department," said Andrea Tatum.  "They are the one department, like I explained to them, it's like dialing 911. When I call them, they come out."  Eugene Anderson said, "Firefighters are basically altruistic individuals. That's one of the traits that a lot of firefighters have and so to say 'yes' is not a hard thing."

The Red Cross expects to see more Albany firefighters donate blood Tuesday and Wednesday.

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