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BATON ROUGE - A blood drive held today will ultimately help cut hospital costs for St. John Parish Sheriff's deputies injured in two shootings last week.

United Blood Services Phlebotomist Maria Irving says the blood will not necessarily be given to deputies Michael Boyington and Jason Triche in the hospital, but it will provide assistance in the form of hospital credit.

"It helps the families so they can afford everything they need and to cover the bills," Irving said.

Whether it was their day off or their lunch break, deputies lined up to donate blood in support of their fellow law enforcement officers.

Many deputies donating blood today said it was the least they could do.

"This is one way I can give, because I may lack in another way to give, so this to me is one way I can," said Deputy Chad Parker. "I'm donating for many reasons, not just for the officers who went down, but just because I feel I need to."

After the Sheriff's Office found out about the St. John Parish shootings, they helped out in any way they could. When the United Blood Services offered to help sponsor a hero blood drive, they jumped at the opportunity.

"Giving blood is a good thing to do, no matter what," said Sheriff's Office Public Information Director Casey Rayborn Hicks. "When you can do something like that in honor of these deputies that gave their life to fight against crime, then that makes this extra special."

Across the United States, someone needs blood every two seconds. A donation of one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

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