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Fallen Officer Blood Drive Takes Place Wednesday, Thursday In SEI

Posted On June 04, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

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(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A series of blood drives keeping alive the memory of a Morgan County, Indiana sheriff’s sergeant who was killed in the line of duty begin locally Wednesday.

On July 10, 2001, Sgt. Dan Starnes of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department lost his life as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a gun battle with a burglary suspect four weeks earlier. To keep his memory alive his wife, Janice Starnes, organized the Sgt. Dan R. Starnes Memorial Blood Drive in Morgan County later that year.

Janice kept the blood drive going annually in her husband’s memory. In 2007 she decided to take the blood drive statewide and renamed it the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive.

The 2014 drive is underway with donation sites located in nearly every county statewide.

In southeast Indiana, the Dearborn County leg of the Fallen Officer Blood Drive takes place Wednesday, June 4 from 1:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by Lawrenceburg Speedway and AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County.

On Thursday, June 5 the blood drive will appear at two area locations. It will be at the Indiana State Police Versailles Post, 902 S. Adams St., in Versailles and the Franklin County EMS building, 608 E. 7th St., in Brookville. Both drives will be held from 12:30-6:30 p.m.

Ohio and Switzerland counties’ drives have merged with Dearborn and Ripley counties.

The local blood drives are being administered by Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Donations made at the Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive will be distributed to any number of people in need of blood, not just police officers.

You can make an appointment to donate blood by visiting http://www.hoxworth.org/groups/indiana.html or calling (513) 451-0910. Donors must be at least 17-years-old or 16-years-old with parental consent, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be generally healthy, and meet other requirements.