Jacksonville officials, communities respond to Orlando attack

Firefighters donate blood, community organizes vigil


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More than 700 firefighters from all over Florida responded immediately Sunday to support victims of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting.

Randy Wyse, president of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters, led the call to organize a blood drive. The drive will be at 8 a.m. Monday at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Jacksonville. This will be for firefighters only.

VIDEO: Fire union president speaks about response

Wyse encourages the public to visit local blood banks to donate.

Firefighters responded to the call by the blood donation center OneBlood for O negative, O positive and AB plasma donors to help the victims of the shooting at the popular night club in the City Beautiful.

The Jacksonville community is responding as well. There will also be a vigil organized by various organizations including Equality Florida held Sunday at 7 p.m. in Riverside’s Memorial Park.

“The shooting feels like it has robbed LGBT people and allies of this safe place,” Equality Florida’s civic engagement coordinator, Amber Paoloemilio, said.

VIDEO: Equality Florida responds to attack

Equality Florida started a GoFundMe page to support victims, which has already raised more than $300,000 of its $400,000 goal.

Learn more about donating at www.oneblood.org.