Sheriff's department to host Fallen Officer Blood Drive

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Indiana Blood Center will host a Fallen Officer Blood Drive at the Greene County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

The drive is a part of a statewide campaign in conjunction with Indiana State Police, city and county law enforcement agencies and Indiana State FOP and offers locals an opportunity to honor the lives lost of those who serve and protect.

"This has been going on (locally) for two years. It's a real good thing," noted Cheri Campbell, an employee at the Greene County Sheriff's Department.

The Indiana Blood Center blood drives are open to the public. Anyone over the age of 17, or 16 with a signed parental consent form, and weighing at least 110 pounds is invited to donate.

The local blood drive will be at the Greene County Sheriff's Department on June 15 from 3-7 p.m.

All Indiana Counties are participating in the blood drive this year.

The blood drive was organized by Janice Starnes -- who lost her husband Sgt. Dan R. Starnes as a result of gunshot wounds sustained while in the line of duty.

He passed away on July 10, 2001.

To keep his legacy alive, she 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 2007, she decided to take the blood drive statewide and renamed it the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive.

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