06/06/11 On July 10, 2001, Sergeant Dan R. Starnes of the Morgan County Indiana Sheriff’s Department, lost his life as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a line of duty gun battle with a burglary suspect four weeks earlier.
To keep his memory alive his surviving spouse, Janice organized the Sergeant 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 2006 Janice took the blood drive statewide and renamed it the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive.
The Indiana Blood Center is a vital link in Indiana’s health care infrastructure, supplying more than 550 units of blood to more than 60 Indiana hospitals every day. The nonprofit community service organization was founded in 1952 to provide a continuous, safe and adequate supply of blood products and testing services.
Local donation sites are listed below:
County Date Locations
Marshall June 9 Marshall Co. Sheriffs Dept. / 1400 N. Pioneer/ Plymouth/11:30am-5:30pm
Kosciusko June 14 Center Lake Pavilion / 117 Canal / Warsaw / time unconfirmed
St Joseph June 15 South Bend Police Dept. / 701 W. Sample / 11:00am-6:00pm
St Joseph June 16 Mishawaka Police Dept. / 200 N. Church St. / Mishawaka / 1:00pm-6:00pm
Marshall June 22 St. Isidore Hall / 803 W. Bike / Bremen / 11:30am-5:30pm
Elkhart June 24 Nappanee Police Dept. / EMS building / 301 W. Lincoln / 9:00am-3:00pm