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Special blood drive honors 9/11 heroes

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

On Tuesday, many Americans will remember those who died 17 years ago during the 9/11 attacks. 

Waterloo Fire and Rescue is teaming up with American Red Cross to host their third annual blood drive to honor the first responders and victims who died in 2001.

Battalion Chief Mike Moore said 9/11 has a special meaning for first responders. He said he'll never forget when he saw the World Trade Center crashing down on his television. On Tuesday, Moore said he and his team will be thinking of that moment while they're on duty. 

"It's hard to imagine what those guys did, climbing clear to the top trying to rescue people. 100 floors up, carrying all that stuff and what they endured for that time," he said. "And, then to not fail, but to get torn, you know, the building fell out from under them."

Giving back is a simple way to remember and honor those fallen heroes.

"Because of the people that were lost – not only firefighters and first responders – but everybody. This is a good way just to every year, remember what happened and try to give something back," he said. "We take it for granted. So, this is something everybody can do to help remember that day."

Moore and his team are encouraging people to donate blood, even if they never have before. He said firefighters will be there to encourage you if you're nervous. 

There was a blood shortage this summer, according to Moore. To help, you can give lifesaving blood to those in need. He said blood donors of all types are needed. 

Last year, 84 people attended the special blood drive. Moore said they're hoping for 100 on Tuesday. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment to donate blood, you can visit: https://www.redcrossblood.org/

Or, you can also visit Waterloo Fire and Rescue Headquarters any time from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. to donate. 

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