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American Red Cross honoring fallen officers


Throughout the month of June, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign. This is the sixth year the Red Cross will host blood drives across Indiana to honor fallen officers and raise awareness of the need for blood.

Janice Starnes, whose husband Sgt. Daniel Starnes was killed in the line of duty in 2001, founded the campaign and continues to organize it each year.  “Most encouraging is that the blood drives continue to grow and our officers are not forgotten thanks to the people who come to give blood in their memory,” Starnes said. 

Last year, every county in Indiana held at least one Fallen Officer Blood Drive and a total of 5,000 units of blood were collected.  This year, the goal is to surpass 2011 collections and honor men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“Unfortunately, three new names were added to our list of Indiana fallen officers since last summer,” Starnes stated. “This blood drive campaign helps ensure they are not forgotten while also raising awareness of the dangers officers face every day and the need for blood.”

Donate now through June 30 and be entered into a region-wide monthly drawing to win a $500 gasoline gift card.

The following blood drives will take place in our area:

·        Tuesday, June 12, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at LaGrange First Church of God, located at 777 N. Detroit St. in LaGrange.

·        Tuesday, June 19, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Maple Grove Church, located at 806 S. Main St. in Topeka. Call (260) 463-5044 to arrange transportation to this blood drive.

·        Wednesday, June 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Parkview LaGrange Hospital, located at 207 N. Townline Rd. in LaGrange.

·        Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. as part of LaGrange County Relay for Life at Lakeland High School, 0805E 075N in LaGrange.