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11th Annual Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive To Honor Local Heroes
Updated June 8, 2017 5:28 AM | Filed under: Health
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(FORT WAYNE) - The community is invited to honor fallen officers by giving blood at one of numerous 11th annual Fallen Officer Blood Drives held by the American Red Cross this summer.

This statewide campaign pays tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and raises awareness of the need for blood.

In 2001, Indiana resident Janice Starnes lost her husband, Sergeant Daniel Starnes, while he was serving in the line of duty.

Her experience prompted her to begin the Fallen Officer Blood Drive campaign in 2007, and she has coordinated the campaign each year since.

"Blood drives continue to grow and our officers are not forgotten thanks to the people who come to give blood in their memory," said Starnes.

"Giving blood at one of these special blood drives is a wonderful way to remember those officers who have lost their lives and honor them with a gift that can help someone else continue to live," said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for the Red Cross.

More than 44,700 pints of blood have been donated through the Red Cross since the 2007 start of the Fallen Officer blood drives, with 2,842 of those donations given last year. Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions.

Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood. By giving blood through the Red Cross, you could help patients being treated at more than 80 hospitals across Indiana.

This blood donation campaign comes at an important time of year. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. Additionally, blood donations at high school and college blood drives, which account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations during the school year, decline when many schools are out of session. But, the need for blood remains constant all summer long.

Those who come to donate with the Red Cross now through Sept. 4 can receive an exclusive Cedar Fair ticket offer that helps support the Red Cross, and enter to win one of two grand prize packages for four to Knott's Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.

Blood drive participants can go to to purchase discounted tickets for gate admission and enter to win one of the two grand prize packages. For each ticket purchased through the website, Cedar Fair will donate $2 to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian mission.

Terms and conditions apply and are available at

2017 Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drives:

  • Laporte County 6/9/2017 LaPorte County Annex 10:00am - 4:00pm 809 State Street, LaPorte, IN 46350
  • Lake County 6/11/2017 Police and Fire Charity Softball Tournament 12pm - 4pm Munster Community Park, 8601 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN 46321
  • Wells County 6/12/2017 First Presbyterian Church 11am-5pm 215 E. Dustman Rd. Bluffton, IN 46714
  • Porter County 6/12/2017 Christ Lutheran Church 1-6p 2610 N. Campbell, Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Madison County 6/12/2017 First United Methodist Church Pendleton 1:30pm-6:30pm 225 West State Street Pendleton, IN 46064
  • Lagrange County 6/13/2017 LaGrange First Church of God 11am-5pm 777 N. Detroit St., LaGrange, IN 46761
  • Kosciusko County 6/13/2017 Center Lake Pavilion 12pm-6pm 117 Canal St. Warsaw, IN 46580
  • Martin County 6/14/2017 Shoals Christian Church 2pm-7pm 602 N. Main St. Shoals, IN 47581
  • Lake County 6/14/2017 & 6/15/2017 Lake County Government Center 9:00am - 2:00pm 2293 North Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Martin County 6/15/2017 St Johns Catholic Church 2pm-7pm 408 Church Street, Loogootee, IN 47553
  • Elkhart County 6/16/2017 Nappanee Police/EMS 11am-4pm 301 W. Lincoln St., Nappanee, IN 46550
  • Newton County 6/16/2017 Kentland Community Center 1:00pm -- 6:00pm 401 N. 4th Street, Kentland, IN 46351
  • Noble County 6/16/2017 Asbury UMC Noon- 5 pm 605 E. Main St. Albion, IN 46701
  • Porter County 6/18/2017 Nativity of our Savior 9:00am - 2:00pm 2949 Willowcreek Road, Portage IN 46368
  • Greene County 6/19/2017 Bloomfield State Bank 10am-3pm 48 North Washington Street Bloomfield, IN 47424
  • Howard County 6/20/2017 Crossroad Community Church 12-6pm 4254 S. OO EW Road Kokomo, IN 46902
  • Porter County 6/20/2017 Porter County Expo 12pm-6pm 215 E. Division St. Valparaiso, IN 46383
  • Fulton County 6/20/2017 St. Joseph Parish Hall 11am-5pm 1310 Main St. Rochester, IN 46975
  • Pulaski County 6/21/2017 Knights of Columbus Winamac 11:30am-5:30pm 340 E. 50 N. Winamac, IN 46996
  • Miami County 6/21/2017 Bunker Hill UMC Noon-4p.m. 100 W. Broadway, Bunker Hill, IN 46914
  • Wabash County 6/22/2017 Manchester Church of the Brethren Noon-6 p.m. 1306 Beckley St. North Manchester, IN 46962
  • Carroll County 6/22/2017 Honan Hall 11:30am-5:30pm 107 E. Main St. Flora, IN 46929
  • Cass County 6/22/2017 Logansport Mall 12pm-6pm 3900 E. Market St. Logansport, IN 46947
  • Porter County 6/22/2017 St. Paul Lutheran Church 12:00 - 6:00p 106 E. 1100 N., Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Grant County 6/23/2017 Marion Public Library Noon-5:30 p.m. 600 S. Washington Marion, IN 46952
  • Laporte County 6/23/2017 City Hall - Michigan City 10:00am - 4:00pm 100 East Michigan Blvd., Michigan City , IN 46360
  • Boone County 6/24/2017 Salem United Methodist Church 9am-2pm 6701 S. 775 East, Zionsville, IN 46077
  • Adams County 6/26/2017 Lehman Park Pavilion 2pm-8pm 667 Lehman St. Berne, IN 46711
  • Jasper County 6/26/2017 Grace Fellowship Church 2:00pm - 8:00pm 1424 8th Street SE, Demotte, IN 46310
  • Marshall County 6/27/2017 Marshall County Sheriff's Office/Jail 1:30pm - 6:00pm 1400 N. Pioneer Dr. Plymouth, IN 46563
  • Marion County 6/30/2017 Old National Bank 10am-4pm 1 Monument Circle Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • Huntington County 7/3/2017 Evangelical UMC 1pm-6:30pm 1000 Flaxmill Rd. Huntington, IN 46750
  • Tippecanoe County 7/5/2017 West Lafayette Police Dept. 1pm-6pm 711 West Navajo Street West Lafayette, IN 47906
  • Hamilton County 7/5/2017 502 East Event Centre 2pm-7pm 502 East Carmel Drive Carmel, IN 46032
  • Steuben County 7/10/2017 Fairview Missionary Church 10am-4pm 525 East 200 North, Angola, IN 46703
  • Bartholomew County 7/10/2017 Hope Moravian Church 2pm-7pm 202 Main St., Hope, IN 47246
  • Dekalb County 7/11/2017 St. Mark's Lutheran Church 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 1203 E. 7th St. Auburn, IN 46706
  • Clinton County 7/13/2017 First Evangelical Presbyterian 11am-5pm 352 W. Clinton St. Frankfort, IN 46041
  • Madison County 7/17/2017 Fall Creek Christian Church 2pm-7:30pm 1102 W. 700 S., Pendleton, IN 46064
  • Wabash County 7/18/2017 First United Methodist Church Noon-6pm 110 Cass St. Wabash, IN 46992
  • Montgomery County 7/24/2017 Montgomery County Sheriff's Office 1p.m. -6 p.m. 600 Momorial Drive Crowfordsville, IN 47933
  • Benton County 7/26/2017 Fowler United Methodist Church 12:00pm - 5:30pm 908 E. 12th Street, Fowler IN 47944
  • Allen County 7/29/2017 Covenant UMC 8 am-Noon 10001 Coldwater Road Fort Wayne, IN 46825
  • Lake County 8/1/2017 Police Night Out Against Crime 3:30pm-8:30pm Munster Pool, 8837 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN 46321
  • Brown County 8/16/2017 Parkview Church of the Nazarene 2pm-7pm 1750 East State Road 46 Nashville, IN 47448

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1- 800-RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for- profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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