Want to support the Clinton Fire Department? Give blood

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Adam Cain’s fight is far from over. 

His dad says Adam is about to enter the most critical stage of healing as his lungs are swelling and seeping fluids. 

“Adam has received some blood. He’s having some surgeries,” said Clinton Battalion Chief Joel Atkinson.

That’s why firefighters are asking for people to give more blood.

“Blood donations, that kind of stuff is always needed,” Atkinson said. “If you do it in memory of Eric or to help Adam, that would be awesome.” 

Any donations made locally come through the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Spokesperson Kirby Winn said the request for people to donate is another example of the firefighters being selfless.

“We even say sometimes that the blood donors are the first, first responders,” Winn said. “You’re really helping support the next trauma victim or the next surgical patient.”

They distribute blood to 89 different hospitals, including the one in Clinton and where Adam is in Iowa City. 

Winn says the center has created a special group code for people who want to donate in solidarity for the Clinton firefighters: 3548. 

Just say the number when you register to give blood and the center will add your donation to their total.

“It’s symbolic for a donor to say I’m here today to support the city of Clinton and Clinton Fire Department,” Winn said.

Here’s a list of the upcoming blood drives in the Clinton area: 

  • Jan. 16  –  Preston (Town Hall) from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 21  –  St. Mark’s UMC (Camanche) from 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 22  –  Clinton YMCA from 2:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 28  –  Clinton Ericksen Center from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Jan. 31  –  Northeast Elementary (Goose Lake) from 2:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.         

For more information you can go to www.bloodcenter.org/clinton or call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at 563-359-5401.

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