STANLEY, N.C. -- One year ago this weekend, a community mourned the loss of an East Lincoln firefighter who died while on duty.
Joshua Warren was just 34- years-old when he collapsed and died on duty from an undiagnosed heart defect. Today his colleagues and community remembered him an event fitting for his life of service.
"We think about him every day. It's not a day that goes by that we're not upstairs throwing water on somebody or him picking up that truck to come help us out. He's missed greatly," said Gary Farmer, fellow Lincoln firefighter.
On the first anniversary of Josh Warren's death his fellow firefighters are answering the call of community service with a blood drive.
"It's a traditional thing we do at a fire department 4444 it's a good way to kick off a memorial for Josh and remember the good things he did," said Farmer.
East Lincoln firefighters are challenging other law enforcement to see who can bring in the most donors, they are hoping for 60. Blood donation is especially needed this time of year, as the demand is high but donations are low.
"Cancer, cardiac, trauma, transplant... they're fighting everything every day, and we need to make sure people come in and donate so they have the blood products they need to support people in their fights as well," said Kelly Singleton of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.
For more information about blood donation check out the Community Blood Centers of the Carolinas