Blood drive scheduled honoring Detective Kyle Gilmartin

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Wright Center for Community Health Scranton Practice is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, February 9, to honor a Scranton City Police Detective Kyle Gilmartin who was injured in a January shooting.

Residents can make an appointment to donate blood between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at The Wright Center’s Scranton Practice, 501 S. Washington Ave., by visiting the Red Cross website and using sponsor code: The Wright Center, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or scanning the QR code below.

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The drive is in honor of Scranton Police Detective Kyle Gilmartin, who was shot on January 11 in West Scranton. Gilmartin and other Scranton police officers were investigating a pair of gang-related gunfire incidents at the time. After being treated at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Detective Gilmartin is recovering at a rehabilitation center.

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As a medical organization, we want to help where the need is greatest, and January is a time when there are critical blood shortages here and nationwide. We know that treating Detective Gilmartin required a lot of blood, so we thought hosting a blood drive in his honor would be fitting.”

Gerri McAndrew, co-director of The Wright Center for Patient & Community Engagement.

In addition to helping address the blood shortage, anyone who donates blood in February will receive a $20 Amazon gift card by mail.

Those who wish to donate can also make an appointment at The Wright Center website or call 570-230-0019.

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