LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Frankfort Police Department alongside Frankfort Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69 is partnering with the American Red Cross Association for the Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive.
The blood drive was created by Janice Starnes in memory of her husband, Sargent Daniel Starnes, who was killed during a traffic stop in Martinsville, Indiana on July 10th, 2001. Her goal is to help spread awareness of the dangers officers face daily and how donating blood can help.
Biomedical District Manager for American Red Cross, Sarah Moss, says that it is an honor to be affiliated with this group.
"We host about a hundred blood drives statewide every year," stated Moss. "Since the program started in 2007 we have collected 50,000 units of blood as part of that campaign,"
Moss says that summertime can be difficult for the American Red Cross to receive donations because people can be busy.
"The fallen officer's program certainly helps us in the summer months. Especially around the holiday weeks. Last week, for example, just being over the Fourth of July weekend our blood donations were about 17,000 fewer units than a typical week," added Moss.
The blood drive will be Thursday, July 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church located at 352 West Clinton Street.
Moss says that if you cannot attend the Fallen Officer Blood Drive they will have more at Clinton County Fairgrounds Tuesday, July 16th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.