It's an informal contest, but thanks to Denis McCarthy's bravery under duress, the Norwalk Fire Department is in the lead. McCarthy, Norwalk's fire chief, and other city officials, including Police Chief Harry Rilling, showed up at the American Red Cross Fairfield County Donor Center on Tuesday to kick off this week's citywide blood drive.
One by one, people from other departments were disqualified from giving blood. McCarthy said it was typical, which is why his department usually wins.
The drive continues from 12:30 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the center at 596 Westport Ave. As a thank you, all donors have a chance to enter to win a 32-inch 1080p HDTV, donated by Norwalk's Best Buy. Donors are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to help restock the shelves of the Christian Community Action food pantry.
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