BFD, Red Cross Hold 9/11 Day of Remembrance Blood Drive

On September 11, 2001, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was living in New York City. "I was living in NY at the time, my wife was just 10 blocks away from the Twin Towers when it happened.

16 years later , he's among those giving back by donating blood. "I do try to remember back to that day, certainly one that changed me and I think it's important we continue to remember as a community." said Weinberger.

The American Red Cross and Burlington Fire Department teamed up to host a 9/11 Day of Remembrance drive at the Hampton Inn in Colchester. 

"In the United States, every 2 seconds someone needs blood. So when something like 9/11 happens, its the blood that's on the shelfs that saved those lives," said Kim Bleakley, an account manager with the American Red Cross.

In all, nearly 50 people donated blood during the drive, around 80% of the them are first responders.

"It just reiterates why I got into the service. People care, people in emergency services step up and lead by example." said Burlington Fire Department Lieutenant T.J. Barrett.
That include's Colchester Rescue's Matt Speier who was born and raised in NYC, who wore his uniform from when he was a paramedic for about eight years, before moving to Vermont in 2013.

"I chose to wear that today out of observance of what today represents, the people I worked with that lost their lives, and those who will still lose their lives with diseases related to September 11th.," said Speier.

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