LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police, Fire and Rescue, and the Sheriff's Department have all teamed up for the fourth annual Back the Badges Blood Drive.
They're all working with United Blood Services to benefit local hospitals.
Area first responders are rolling up their own sleeves to give blood and they're asking the public to do the same. Fewer people give blood in the summer but the demand for blood is greater.
One Lubbock firefighter is making a personal plea to donors and sharing a story that he says changed his life.
Tanner Goldston is the son of an LFR Lieutenant. Both are supporting the Back to Badges Blood Drive, because they've seen how much it matters firsthand.
Tanner's life was at risk when he got sick and needed blood.
"We watch him get sicker and sicker, we basically got him admitted into the hospital where his red blood cells were extremely low," Kevin Goldston, Tanner's dad, said.
Doctors quickly realized that Tanner's body was killing his red blood cells faster than he could make them.
"I was pretty scared," Tanner said. "Scared I would lose every last ounce of my blood."
That day Tanner had to have over half a dozen blood transfusions to save his life.
"After he received the blood transfusions you could see him kind of coming back to his old self and you'd get hope again, but they we would watch him deteriorate again," Goldston said. "I'll tell you it was like the world's most terrible roller coaster."
Tanner and his father took to Twitter to personally ask people to donate their blood. A powerful 30-second video:
A terrible experience, but worth sharing, even if just one person donates because of it.
For more information on the blood drive, click here.