Throughout the summer months, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign. This is the seventh 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 Sergeant Daniel Starnes was killed in the line of duty in 2001, founded the campaign and continues to organize it each year. “Most encouraging,” Starnes says, “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.”
Last year, every county in Indiana held at least one Fallen Officer blood drive and more than 30,000 units of blood have been collected since the 2007 start of the Fallen Officer blood drives. This year, won’t you help us surpass our 2012 collections and honor men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice?
A Fallen Officer Blood Drive will take place on June 11, at the LaGrange First Church of God, 777 N. Detroit St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.