Red Cross blood drive held in honor of Brian Murphy

March 5, 2018

Ashwaubenon Police Officer celebrates remarkable recovery after being struck by a vehicle while on duty

The community is invited to give blood in honor of Brian Murphy at a special American Red Cross blood drive Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ashwaubenon Community Center, 900 Anderson Drive, in Green Bay.

On July 22, 2017, Officer Murphy was on duty and assisting with a car fire on Interstate 41 when he was struck by another vehicle. Murphy suffered life threatening injuries, received blood transfusions, and required several surgeries.

First responders like Murphy truly know the significance of having donated blood on the shelves to help during emergencies. This drive is in honor of Murphy and is a way to give back while honoring local first responders.

First responders put their lives on the line every day and we are honored they have chosen to help spread the message that blood donations can make a difference especially in trauma situations.

“When I gave blood before I never thought about myself ever being the one in need,” said Officer Murphy. “If I did not receive blood transfusions, the result could have been fatal.”

Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are 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 more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide.

“Hosting a blood drive in his name is a wonderful way to honor Officer Murphy, celebrate his remarkable recovery and help patients in need,” said Jessica Brabant, account manager for the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region.

Blood Drive in honor of Brian Murphy
Thursday, March 22, 2018
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ashwaubenon Community Center
 900 Anderson Drive, Green Bay, WI

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 and platelet donors can 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, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross