Tony community and Flambeau High School HOSA students honor fallen officer
TONY, Wis. — The Tony community and Flambeau High School HOSA students are dedicating a Jan. 9, 2017, American Red Cross blood drive to Rusk County sheriff’s deputy Dan Glaze, who was fatally shot in the line of duty on Oct. 29.
This partnership between the community and school was the brainchild of Kimmie Verdegan, who has been coordinating the Tony blood drive since 2008 with her mother Diana. Despite having special needs, Kimmie is outgoing, has a very cheerful demeanor and is always looking for ways to help others. Flambeau High School also hosted blood drives earlier this year in partnership with the community to help increase the donor base and provide the high school’s HOSA students with a community service project to help them earn a Red Cross High School Scholarship Program scholarship.
“Kimmie has a big heart and is passionate about helping others so coordinating blood drives is a perfect match,” said her mother. “She also has a special relationship with the emergency services personnel in our community so dedicating this blood drive to deputy Glaze was very important to her.”
Students, faculty and the community are encouraged to make an appointment to give at the blood drive in memory of Officer Glaze to help ensure a sufficient blood supply.
“Deputy Glaze put his life on the line and now we want to pay it forward," said Brenda Cigan, RN, school nurse for the school district of Flambeau. "It’s an honor for our students to help save some others' lives."
Donate blood in memory of Rusk County sheriff’s deputy Dan Glaze
Monday, Jan. 9
Noon to 6 p.m.
St. Anthony De Padua Church
N5333 Maple St.
This blood drive comes when the Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for donors to give now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.
To make an appointment download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
How to donate blood
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.