Donating Blood for the 125th time

Ottmar Görge (centre) with Michaela Tappenden and Jürgen Swoboda

Ottmar Görge (centre) with Michaela Tappenden and Jürgen Swoboda

It was when Ottmar Görge, now 62 years old, started his placement as a student in Frankfurt in 1974 that he donated blood for the first time.  Since then he has been a regular visitor to the Red Cross blood donor days in Oberursel.

Last Saturday (10th January, 2015) he donated blood for the 125th time, for which he received a certificate and pin showing the number of donations from blood donor service representative Jürgen Swoboda (right) and a hamper from Michaela Tappenden (left) of the local Red Cross group.

Asked why he made a point of coming so regularly, he answered “blood is always needed”.  Something his brother – a surgeon – once told him.

This photo also appeared on 15th January, 2015 in the Oberurseler Woche.

Couple from Wiesbaden donated blood for the 101st time

After the 125th donation by a visitor from Bad Homburg last month, in December it was the turn of a couple from Wiesbaden to be awarded for an unusual combination of the 101st donation at the Red Cross in Oberursel.

Eberhard Böhm came all the way to Oberursel with his wife to donate blood for the 100th time.  He first blood donation had been in 1967 when he was an officer cadet at the marine training school in Flensberg and the platoon went to donate together.

Some years later he was working in Oberursel at first the Dresdner Bank and later the Frankfurter Volksbank and it was during this time that he started to donate regularly. [Read more…]

Drivers caught under the influence

The night of the 18th/19th July, 2013, was a busy night for the police doctor in Oberursel.

Three drivers stopped where suspected of being under the influence of drugs whilst driving.  In addition to undergoing blood tests they also had to surrender their car keys and papers.

A futher driver was stopped after police became concerned about his driving style.  When breathalysed it was then discovered that he was driving with a blood-alcohol level of over 2 parts per thousand.  He also had to surrender his car keys and papers and undergo a blood test.

A triple presentation for long-serving blood donors

On Saturday three Oberursel residents were presented with awards for their dedication in donating blood.

Wolfgang Westenburger (57),  Klaus Hallert (66), and Norbert Wehrheim (63) had all come to the monthly blood donation at the Red Cross building in the Marxstraße, to donate – as they had done so many times before – 500ml each of their blood.  Exactly how often they have done this in the past is recorded and so it was that they were celebrating their 100th, 125th and 150th donations respectively.

“We have never had this combination in Oberursel before” remarked Jürgen Swoboda from the Red Cross blood donation service. [Read more…]

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