PAYING IT FORWARD: HEROES HONOR HEROES AT RICHMOND CUFFS & LADDERS TROPHY CEREMONY

Another reason why everyone should give blood. #ENGLCE

Community Blood Center

ImageRICHMOND, Indiana – It was a day for heroes to honor fellow heroes Wednesday, April 3 at the Richmond Fire Department’s downtown fire station.  RFD ceremoniously received the first Community Blood Center (CBC) “Cuffs and Ladders” Blood Drive challenge trophy from retired captain Mel Ponder, who spent 36 years fighting fires and saving lives – and the last 10 battling a life-threatening blood disease.

Mel was the guest of honor at the blood drive, held Saturday, March 30 at the Richmond CBC Donor Center.  It featured a friendly competition between the Richmond Police and Fire Departments to recruit the most blood donors. The fire fighters claimed the trophy by receiving the most “votes.”  There were special t-shirts, refreshments, emergency vehicles, mascots (SAL the Bloodhound, McGruff the Crime Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog), Mel’s photos and turn-out gear on display, and a live radio remote broadcast by KICKS 96.

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