RED CROSS HOLDS BLOOD DRIVE IN MEMORY OF OVERTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DEPUTY CHAD PRITCHARD
[Nashville, April 5, 2011]—The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive in memory of Overton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chad Pritchard.
The drive is Wednesday, April 27, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Livingston Overton Chamber of Commerce located at 222 E. Main St. in Livingston.
Deputy Pritchard died when he fell 160 feet into a sink hole near Standing Stone State Park on April 6, 2010. He was part of a team investigating a cold case homicide in the area. Deputy Pritchard served with the Overton County Sheriff’s Department just 2 ½ months before his death.
"Nothing can express the way this loss has affected our department. We only hope to keep his memory alive and to show him honor. We hope many will join us to donate blood in memory of Deputy Chad Pritchard," says Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton.
To schedule an appointment for this blood drive or any other American Red Cross blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.
Most healthy individuals who are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds are eligible to donate blood. Individuals 18 years of age or younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.
The Tennessee Valley Region serves 59 hospitals and must have 600 people donate blood or platelets each weekday to meet the needs of hospital patients.