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Police ask for blood donations after two officers shot in East Boston

When asked what residents can do to help, the department reiterated the importance of blood donations.
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In the wake of an East Boston shooting Wednesday night that left one man dead and two police officers injured, police are urgingresidents who have askedwhat they can do to help to donate blood.

Officer Richard Cintolo and Officer Matt Morris are still hospitalized after the altercation, in which33-year-old Kirk Figueroa opened fire after the officers responded to a domestic dispute call at his East Boston home on Wednesday, according to authorities.

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Officers shot and killed Figueroa after they say he opened fire on them with a tactical shotgun. Fellow officers pulled Cintolo and Morristo safety during the shootout and one officer, who had just received tourniquet training last Thursday, applied a tourniquet to Morris' wound, Police Commissioner William Evanssaid.

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Evans said Thursday during a news conference that he believes the two officers will make a full recovery.

The Boston Police Department noted on Twitter that many people have been asking "What can we do to help you officers?"

Evans said that blood transfusions are critical in the treatment of the officers.

Boston residents can donate blood at theMassachusetts General Hospital, where the two officers were taken, seven days a week, according to itswebsite. Walk-in donors are welcome Tuesday to Thursday7:30 a.m. to5:30p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Boston Children's Hospital accepts walk-in donations Tuesday through Sunday.Click here for hours.

The American Red Cross has a Boston Donation Center at 274 Tremont Ave., open every day.Click here for the various appointment times available.

Emerson Hospitalhas a blood donation center open Monday to Thursday andDana Farber's Kraft Family Blood Donor Centeris open for appointments Monday to Friday atvarious hours.

 
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