The community is invited to give blood in memory of Assistant Fire Chief Charlie Scott and police officer Nick Schultz at a special Fallen Officers American Red Cross blood drive Friday, May 19, from noon to 6 p.m. at Lowell Volunteer Fire Dept.
Scott passed away in Sept. 2016 of stage 4 metastic melanoma at age 55. In addition to serving as Assistant Fire Chief for the Lowell Fire Dept., he was a paramedic for 33 years and served with the Lake County SWAT team for 15 years.
Schultz, who lived in Lowell, passed away in Sept. 2014 at age 24 while serving in the line of duty as a police officer in Merrillville. He studied criminal justice/sociology at Franklin College where he was a three-year starter on the football team. During his senior year he served as captain of the football team.
Both officers were loved and respected in their community and are missed.
The families of both men invite the community to give blood in their names. “Nick was a very caring and thoughtful guy,” said Coleen Schultz, Nick’s mother. “He looked after his family and friends and was loved by many.”
“We would love to see the community give blood to honor our fallen officers,” said Sue Scott, Charlie’s wife.
“Hosting this blood drive in their names is a wonderful way to remember Charlie and Nick and help patients in need,” said Ashley Holland, account manager for the American Red Cross.
This blood drive is one of a series of Fallen Officer blood drives held across the state of Indiana from May through August to honor local fallen officers and allow people to give blood in their memory.
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.
Blood Drive in memory of Charlie Scott and Nick Schultz
Friday, May 19, 2017
Noon to 6 p.m.
Lowell Volunteer Fire Dept
1331 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN 46356
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org
or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org
, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross