(SEYMOUR) - On July 10, 2001, Sgt. Dan R. Starnes of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department lost his life as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a gun battle with a burglary suspect.
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 Officers Blood Drive. A blood drive will be held on Thursday in honor of fallen officers from Noon until 5 p.m. at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
It should be noted that blood donated during this drive is not earmarked specifically for wounded police officers. The blood collected will be held in blood banks across the state and will be used on any person in need of blood or blood products.
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