BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - "It seems to be happening more and more over the years."
Christopher Blanchard is a patrol officer with the Bangor Police Department and the state representative for Concerns of Police Survivors, a nationwide non-profit focused on providing support to the families and fellow officers of those lost in the line of duty.
"Be able to share their stories, be able to share their grief. Last year we had 148 officers killed in the line of duty. A lot more than that were injured in the line of duty and needed blood."
Maine has had its share of tragedy.
"Such as Corporal Cole, Chris Gardner, and Nathan Desjardins in the last two years."
Now C.O.P.S. is holding a nationwide blood drive, partnering with the Red Cross.
"We're calling it the Blue Blood Drive."
The second floor of the Bangor Police Department was converted into a Red Cross donation center. By the time the drive started, twenty one people had signed up, with more expected.
"Several of them are police officers. I myself am going to be donating today."
C.O.P.S aims to honor and remember the sacrifices of fallen officers by providing life to others.
"If we can do our part to help bring up those blood banks and have that life-saving fluid for our officers and for other people that are injured and need it, then we're gonna do our part."