Boston Police Union hosts blood drive Thursday

DORCHESTER, MA (WHDH) - A blood drive will be held for Boston police officers today at the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association’s Union Hall.

The event will be held on Freeport Street in Dorchester from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m Thursday.

The blood drive comes after 33-year-old Kirk P. Figueroa shot two veteran Boston police officers, Richard Cintolo and Matthew Morris.

The officers were in critical condition for days following the shooting, but are currently recovering and in stable condition.

Boston Police announced via Twitter Wednesday Officer Richard Cintolo was discharged from the hospital.

“He’s happy to be home and grateful for the outpouring of prayers and support,” Boston Police said.

Officer Matt Morris, the second officer injured in the shootout, is still recovering in the hospital.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Wednesday, “So happy to see Richie sent home.”

The officers credited blood transfusions for saving their lives. They encouraged anyone asking how they could help to donate blood.

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