Blood drive for injured Orange County firefighters being held in Santa Ana Thursday


The Orange County Fire Authority is asking the public to consider donating blood Thursday to help firefighters in need.

The drive is being organized by Life Stream Blood Bank in honor of Orange County Firefighters Dylan Van Iwaarden and Phi Le.

Iwaarden suffered critical burn injuries during the recent Silverado Fire, the Fire Authority stated in a tweet about the blood drive.

“Now it’s time we help him! Give blood,” the Fire Authority said.

Le also suffered severe burns while in the line of duty.

The Silverado Fire started in the Irvine area in late October and burned more than 12,000 acres while being pushed by strong Santa Ana winds.

The blood drive will take place between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 1001 North Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana. Donors will need to go to conference rooms 4 and 5.

Those who are interested can sign up at, or by calling 800-879-4484.

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