Lexington Public Safety Races to Save Lives

2:32 PM, Jul 30, 2013   |    comments
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Lexington, S.C. (WLTX)-The race is on to see which department can collect the most pints.

The Lexington Sheriff's Department, Fire Service, EMS, and Communications have started a friendly competition to see who can get the most donations at their blood drive.

While bragging rights are fun, the winners extend far beyond Lexington Public Safety.

Crystal Morehouse is administrative assistant to the sheriff, and helps organize the blood drive every year.  But in 2007, she was the recipient.

"I was already a mother of a 4 year old and a 1 year old, and found out that I had to have a hysterectomy," Morehouse said. "The surgery went well, but about 2 hours afterwards, I started bleeding internally and losing blood."

Morehouse was in and out of consciousness-her life on the line with a falling blood pressure.

"I can vividly remember the doctor telling my family you need to tell her your good-byes in case she doesn't make it through this," Morehouse said. "I started balling. I lost I think about 14 pints of blood that day, and I was able to receive about 7 pints, which helped me be able to go home to my kids the next day."

While this is a competition, the departments have one goal-to save the lives in our community that are depending on it.

Future Blood Drives:
Lexington County Fire Service, 3-9 p.m.
436 Ball Park Road
Lexington, ScC29072

Lexington County EMS, 3-9 p.m.
436 Ball Park Road
Lexington, SC 29072

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