Thank You to Livingston-Overton County Blood Donors

June 1, 2011

Thank you for Giving Blood in Memory of Chad Pritchard

Livingston Community Helps Red Cross Collect 48 Pints of Blood



(Nashville, Tenn., June 1, 2011)


On April 27, the Livingston-Overton County, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Overton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chad Pritchard.


Deputy Pritchard died when he fell 160 feet into a sink hole near Standing Stone State Park on April 6, 2010.  He was part of a team investigating a cold case homicide in the area.  Deputy Pritchard served with the Overton County Sheriff’s Department just 2 ½ months before his death. 


Fifty people visited the blood drive, resulting in the collection of 48 pints of blood.  Since each blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives, everyone who participated can feel good knowing they helped save up to 144 lives.


“It is an honor to give blood in memory of my former corporal Chad Pritchard.  This is the first time I have ever given blood.  It is never too late to become a blood donor,” says Court Officer Larry Coleman.


Your next opportunity to give blood is at the Livingston Community Donor Appreciation blood drive, sponsored by the Livingston Rotary Club, on Wednesday, June 29, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Livingston-Overton County, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce located at 222 E. Main St. in Livingston.


All presenting blood donors are automatically entered into a sweepstakes drawing for the following Music City getaway:

An expense paid trip for two to Nashville, Tenn. for a two night stay at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel, two VIP passes to the Grand Ole Opry, a backstage tour at the Opry House (based on availability at time of travel) and one $300 Visa Gift Card.

Plus, anyone who presents to donate blood Wednesday, May 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 14 is automatically entered into the Red Cross Racing “Summer Drive Sweepstakes” to win a brand new 2012 red candy metallic Ford Fiesta SE, courtesy of Ford Motor Company.  One winner is selected by random drawing on Monday, Sept. 19.  For more information, or to schedule your summer blood donation appointment, please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS


If you are a donor, thank you.  Please continue to give.  If you’ve never donated blood, consider this your personal invitation.  If you are unable to donate, recruit a friend or family member.  If you are a business leader or active in a community organization, consider hosting a blood drive.


How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


Pictured:  Deputy Sheriff Larry Coleman donates blood.