DALLAS, Tx. - The Red Cross was quickly overwhelmed with the response to its blood drive in Dallas following an ambush that killed five police officers and wounded seven more.
So many people showed up that organizers had to turn some people away.
The first donor was a police officer, the Red Cross said.
The Red Cross said that the blood drive was planned ahead of last night's tragic attack.
The first blood donor today was a @DallasPD officer, and the generosity of our community and Dallas citizens has been pouring in ever since.— Red Cross DFW (@RedCrossDFW) July 8, 2016
We have supplied 225+ blood products to one of the hospitals treating victims, and we're on standby should additional blood be needed.— Red Cross DFW (@RedCrossDFW) July 8, 2016
Sergeant Bronco McCoy, pictured above, said he wasn't planning to donate until this morning. He was among many officers who stepped up to help.
Police officers who show up automatically go to the front of the line.