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Chief of Police Donates 60 Liters of Blood

The Chief of Police in the town of Selfoss has donated more than 60 liters of his own blood. Policechief Ólafur Helgi Kjartansson is also the chairman of the Icelandic Blood Donor Society. Fréttabladid reported.

Kjartansson, who donated blood for the 133rd time last week, usually donates blood four times a year and has been a blood donor since March 1972.

Asked if his blood production is unusually powerful he said, “An ordinary man has between five and seven liters of blood. If I am an average man we can count that I have about six liters running through my body every day. I have given my whole blood production ten times. Can others do better than that?”

He says that he donated blood for the first time out of curiosity “but also because my father was a blood donor and I knew of that.”

Kjartansson started donating blood when he was a student at the junior college MR in Reykjavík. Students were allowed to take two teaching hours of vacation when doanating. “My friend and I used that time well after we gave blood,” he said.

Icelandic blood donors get refreshments at the so-called ‘Bloodbank’ in Reykjavík after giving their blood. “They have the best coffee shop in town,” says Kjartansson who is also known as the biggest fan of the rock group the Rolling Stones in Iceland.

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