Give Blood, Save Lives - Sheriff's Office Partners with Red Cross


October 2, 2009

Lieutenant John Chrisinger receives award from Board Chairperson Maryam Bhatti and CEO Gary Ouellette.The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is proud to announce that Lieutenant John Chrisinger received the 2009 Community Public Safety Coordinator Award from the American Red Cross - Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region.

On September 24, at their 18th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, the Red Cross region recognized Chrisinger for his support of the Red Cross mission. Organizing six blood drives a year, Chrisinger has made it easier for public safety officers and local community blood donors to give "the gift of life." He increased the number of participants at each blood drive and decreased the deferral rate by raising awareness, educating donors and providing a positive experience for all participants.

"Lieutenant Chrisinger stays at each drive from start to finish shaking hands, talking with donors and taking care of the American Red Cross staff," said CEO Gary Ouellette. "He truly makes the donation experience rewarding and the staff's work day more enjoyable."

Since 2007, the Sheriff's Office has collected over 400 pints of blood for local community hospitals.

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross supplies blood to Central Maryland, Northern Virginia and South Central Pennsylvania. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. is in need of blood. Approximately 95 percent of the U.S. population will need blood during their lifetime or know someone who will, yet only 5 percent give blood.

For more information on how to donate, please contact the American Red Cross.


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