Mesa mayor flies blood around the state


Mayor Smith pilots his small plane back to Mesa from Flagstaff after delivering blood. / ABC 15

By Brian Webb | ABC 15

A Valley mayor is spending several hours a month delivering life-saving blood supplies in his own plane and on his own time.

“We don’t charge anybody,” said Mesa Mayor Scott Smith. “It’s really a labor of love for us pilots.”

The Flights for Life program has been delivering blood for years, and we were lucky enough to hitch a ride.

The private pilots fly boxes of blood from Phoenix to spots like Flagstaff and Yuma to keep supplies up. The blood is collected, tested in a lab in Phoenix, then flown to hospitals around the state.


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