Friendly competition among employees of the Cheektowaga Police Department in a holiday blood drive led them to victory over the other agencies that participated, according to a department spokesman.
Officer Justin Haag, vice president of the Cheektowaga Police Benevolent Association, organized the drive at Police Headquarters for the Holiday Heroes Campaign conducted by Upstate New York Transplant Services, an organ, eye, tissue and community blood center.
A total of 39 people donated blood.
Their success was attributed, in part, to a competition among the three police shifts to see which would have the greatest participation, said Capt. Jim Speyer, a department spokesman. There were information sessions during each shift’s daily briefing and the drive was promoted in the surrounding community.
The afternoon shift led the department, with 53 percent of its personnel donating blood.
As a result, Cheektowaga had the highest percentage of participation among the 20 agencies taking part, Speyer said.
“We are very proud to have earned this recognition, but the real reward is knowing that we have potentially saved numerous lives,” Haag said.