Two Local Fallen Soldiers to Be Remembered at Red Cross Blood Drive in Pekin

June 18, 2012

PEORIA, Ill. (June 18, 2012) – On Saturday, June 23, two Pekin area soldiers who lost their lives in courageous service to the nation will be honored at an American Red Cross blood drive at the Roy L. King VFW in Pekin. Lance Corporal Jordan Bastean, 19, died in combat on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan and U.S. Army Sergeant Dean Shaffer, 23, died on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Both men were graduates of Pekin Community High School.

With a declining American Red Cross blood supply – especially types O negative, B negative and A negative – eligible blood donors have the opportunity to honor the selfless service and lives of these two men by giving the gift of life to patients in need.

“These two young men made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation from threats abroad, and their service will not be forgotten,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Through this blood drive, area residents not only have the opportunity to help patients in need, but will commemorate the lives of Lance Corporal Jordan Bastean and Sergeant Dean Shaffer.”

Blood Drive in Honor of Jordan Bastean and Dean Shaffer

Saturday, June 23

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Roy L. King VFW 1232

15665 VFW Rd., Pekin

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at