By Dean Manning/ Staff Writer

About 4 p.m. Friday people from across the Tri-County travelled to East Bernstadt to get a stick for Nick.

The Central Kentucky Blood Center’s bloodmobile was at the East Bernstadt Fire Department, which hosted a blood drive in honor of Nick Coffey.

Nick, who is the son of East Bernstadt Firefighter John Adams, was involved in an automobile accident Feb. 17.

During his medical treatment, which included numerous surgeries, Nick required 73 pints of blood.

Peggy Akin, donor resources consultant, for the Central Kentucky Blood Center, said the human body holds between eight and 12 pints of blood.

“He has had his blood replaced several times over,” Akin said.

Karen Hill, who works for Whitley County EMS, organized the event.

Hill said her first call was the the blood center to see what needed to be done. Once the event was arranged, she began making calls to her coworkers and fellow EMTs to see who was willing to donate.

“First we had to get Nick and his family’s permission to have the event in his honor, and then we had to ensure that we would get 25 pints of blood,” Hill said. “When we explained that he was the son of an East Bernstadt firefighter, there was no joking around, just commitments to donate.”

Akin said all of the blood collected stays in the area served by the Central Kentucky Blood Center, which provides blood for 67 medical facilities in central and eastern Kentucky. About 300 pints of blood must be collected each day to ensure that the supply remains stable.

“Summer is the toughest time because the demand increased, but the supply decreased because people are on vacation and don’t give as often,” Akin said.

In order to be eligible to donate a person must be at least 17 years old, and in good health.

Donors are advised to wait 56 days between donations. All materials are used only once and then discarded. It takes about 45 minutes to complete the screening and donate blood.

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