(Versailles, Ind.) – Almost ten years ago, Morgan County, Ind. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Starnes lost his life in a gun battle with a burglary suspect.
He was hospitalized for four weeks, sustained in part by blood donations. He then died of the gunshots he suffered in the line of duty.
Starnes’ wife, Janice, has kept his memory alive every year since with an annual blood drive. It started off only in Morgan County, but in 2007 grew to include the entire state of Indiana.
The 2011 Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive is underway with locations around the state.
Local blood drives are as follows:
Dearborn County – June 17, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lawrenceburg Fire Department, 300 Tate St.
Franklin County – June 9, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Franklin County EMS, Brookville
Jefferson County – 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway St.
Jennings County – June 29, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at United Methodist Church, North Vernon
Ripley County – June 9, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at ISP Versailles Post, 902 S. Adams St.
Blood drives for Ohio and Switzerland Counties are being merged with Dearborn and Ripley Counties, but organizers say residents of those two counties can attend any of the regional blood drives.
According to the Indiana State Police, 1,000 units of blood are needed daily in Indiana. Each unit of blood donated helps in three different ways by providing red cells, platelets, and plasma.