LOWELL | On July 10, 2001, Sergeant Dan R. Starnes of the Morgan County, IN Sheriff’s Department lost his life as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a line of duty gun battle. To keep his memory alive his surviving spouse, Janice, organized the Sgt. Dan R. Starnes Memorial Blood Drive in Morgan County later that year and has organized a blood drive each year since, in Dan’s memory.
In 2007, she decided to take the blood drive statewide and renamed it the Indiana Fallen Officer’s Blood Drive. This month, the 2013 drive begins with donation sites located in nearly every county statewide.
Indiana Blood Facts:
• 1,000 units of blood are needed daily in Indiana
• Each unit of blood donated helps in three different ways:
o Red Cells
The drive will be locally:
• June 4 from 9A-3PM Lake Co. Government Center-Sheriff Department, 2293 N. Main, Crown Pt
• June 5 from 9A-3PM Same location
• June 11 from 12P-6PM Porter Co Expo Center, 215 E. Division, Valparaiso
• June 23 from 9A-2PM Nativity of Our Savior Parish Hall, 2949 Willowcreek Rd, Portage
• June 21from 9A-2PM LaPorte Co Annex, 809 State St. Laporte