On May 22, Bob Fralick of Bemus Point completed his 320th pint of blood donated at the American Red Cross, located at 325 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown.
Joining Fralick for his special day was his wife Harriett, and son Mark, along with some of his grandchildren who also donated. Fralick started donating blood at the encouragement of his mother, Alice Case who was herself a dedicated donor and Red Cross volunteer.
In addition to Fralick's 320th pint, Mark has 184, Harriet 172, and Alice had donated 112 units. Since each unit of blood can help up to three people, the Fralicks have the distinct honor of helping up to 2,364 people with their donations. Because of their dedication, the blood donation site was named the Fralick Donation Center in October of 2010.
Pictured are County Executive Vince Horrigan; Bob, Harriett and Mark Fralick; and NYS Assemblyman Andy Goodell.
In attendance were County Executive Vince Horrigan and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, who both presented Fralick with certificates. Dudley Ericson, a 50-year volunteer for the American Red Cross was also on hand, as well as representatives of the New York-Penn Blood Region and Chapter staff. Jason Carmen, account manager for the New York-Penn Blood Region, also presented Fralick with an award.
Fralick is on record as having the most donations of whole blood in the Chautauqua County area.
"We can't thank Bob and his family enough for the tremendous dedication they have shown over these years," stated Bill Tucker, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southwestern New York. "We are proud to be able to share this day with the Fralicks, and to seal their legacy as true heroes in our county."
"It's a way to save lives, help people," Fralick said.