GFVD holds annual blood drive in honor of explosion anniversary

GHENT, W. Va. (WVNS) - In honor of those who passed away in the Little General explosion eleven years ago, the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department held their annual blood drive to commemorate the loss of those victims.

A community, shaken by the loss of a friend and hero, turned its grief into something good. The Ghent Volunteer Fire Department's annual blood drive has become a tradition of giving back. Families of those who died in the Ghent explosion wanted to come up with a way to honor the victims while continuing their legacy.

Elizabeth Tolbert, the sister of Fred Burroughs, a firefighter who died in the explosion, said this was a way to give back to the community through the victims.

"The people that lost their lives that day obviously can't give back to us now, but we can give back life to someone else who might be in that need," Tolbert said.

Tolbert is from Tennesse and drives in every year for the blood drive. She said this was an easy way to do some good for the community.

"If I can come from Tennessee every year and do the drive regardless of the weather, the local people, especially the people that this fire department is a benefit to them, then by all means come out and donate blood," Tolbert said.

The American Red Cross was at the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. taking blood.

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