Indiana Blood Drive Campaign to Help Honor Fallen Officers

June 8, 2008

For the second year, the American Red Cross is participating in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive campaign. During the month of June, the American Red Cross will host blood drives across the state of Indiana to honor those who serve and protect our communities.

Janice Starnes is responsible for organizing this statewide blood drive campaign and knows first-hand how important blood donation can be. Starnes' husband, Sergeant Daniel Starnes, was killed in the line of duty in 2001. He received many units of blood during the 27 days he survived after being shot. After watching her husband receive countless blood transfusions, she realized there was a way for others to help.

"I called Dan's department and asked them to organize a blood drive to honor Dan," Starnes recalls. "Sadly, Dan did not live to know about the blood drive since the first one was held one month after he paid the ultimate sacrifice."

However, the local blood drive held in honor of her late-husband lead Starnes to expand her efforts. "We have continued the blood drive each year in our community and have been pleased with the success of the blood drives held in Dan's honor. It was my dream to have this statewide blood drive, which is now named 'Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive'," said Starnes.

Help honor the lives of those who serve and protect our communities by donating blood at a Fallen Officer blood drive. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to find a Fallen Officer blood drive near you during the month of June.

If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. All donors need to present positive identification. For more information or to schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).