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Throughout the summer months, the American Red Cross will participate in the statewide Fallen Officer Blood Drive Campaign, hosting blood drives across Indiana to honor fallen law officers and raise awareness of the need for blood.

Janice Starnes, whose husband Sgt. Daniel Starnes was killed in the line of duty in 2001, founded the campaign and continues to organize it each year. “Most encouraging,” Starnes said, “is that the blood drives continue to grow and our officers are not forgotten thanks to the people who come to give blood in their memory.”

More than 30,000 units of blood have been collected since the 2007 start of the Fallen Officer blood drives. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.

The Lake County Government Center hosted a two-day drive last week. Other scheduled Fallen Officer Blood Drives:

  • 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 14 at the Police and Fire Charity Softball Tournament, Munster Community Park, 8601 Calumet Ave.
  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at Grace Fellowship Church, 1424 Eighth St. SE,  DeMotte
  • 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Police Night Out Against Crime, Munster Community Pool, 8837 Calumet Ave.

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