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Blood drive in memory of the 19 firefighters lost

United Blood Services staff package up donations (Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News) United Blood Services staff package up donations (Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News)
Donors enjoyed a nice view of Tempe Town Lake (Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News) Donors enjoyed a nice view of Tempe Town Lake (Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News)
A giant banner was filled with messages from donors to be given to Prescott Fire Department (Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News) A giant banner was filled with messages from donors to be given to Prescott Fire Department (Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News)
(Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News) (Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News)
(Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News) (Source: Christina Batson, CBS 5 News)
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

Hundreds gathered at Tempe Center for the Arts Saturday to donate blood.

The event was held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and was dedicated in the memory of the heroic 19 firefighters who died battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.

According the United Blood Services representative Sue Thew, more than 300 people donated in the largest blood drive in Arizona. Thew reminds the public that a single blood donation can help save up to three lives.

While blood drives need volunteer donors all year long, Thew explains that in the hot summer months, numbers decrease. United Blood Services says there is an even greater demand for those with Type O negative blood, as it is the only type that can be given to emergency patients, infants under 6 months, and pregnant women.

Elaine Micucci, a donor with type O-negative blood explains that it is easy and doesn't hurt. "I can help little babies, and anyone who needs it, and it doesn't cost me anything but a little bit of time," Micucci said.

Donors who came out enjoyed a snack after their donation and took a moment to write a message on a banner that will be given to the Prescott Fire Department.

United Blood Services also provided prizes and a drawing that donors could participate in.

Those interested in donating can call United Blood Services at 1-877-UBS-HERO or www.BloodHero.com.

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