The week of June 10, 92 counties in the state of Indiana will be conducting blood drives to honor those in law enforcement who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Lauralee Baugh, widow of Captain James Baugh, the Captain of Putnam County's FOP who died in the line of duty in 2004, is coordinating the statewide event.
The Putnam County FOP is encouraging all emergency response agencies as well as the community to participate in the Putnam County C.O.P.S. Blood Drive by donating a pint of blood. The drives being conducted by the Indiana Blood Center are not only to honor Baugh, but all Indiana law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, including New Richmond Town Marshal Mark Clapp, originally of Putnam County, who lost his life in 2003.
"Someone's donation at the blood drive could be the one donation that helps save an officer's life," says Chris Crane, Field Representative for the Indiana Blood Center. Across the United States in 2006, 146 law enforcement officers lost their lives. So far, 63 police officers have lost their lives in 2007.
The Putnam County C.O.P.S. blood drive, sponsored by the Lauralee Baugh and the FOP is et for 2-6 p.m. Friday, June 15 at the Greencastle Christian Church, 620 Primrose Lane.
Putnam County FOP will provide an event T-Shirt to the first 50 persons to donate. Donors will also be provided with a ribeye steak dinner!
To be eligible, donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh 110 pounds, and be in good health. Few medications are cause for deferral. For questions about donor eligibility, call 1-800-632-4722. A photo I.D. is required. For more information about Indiana Blood Center, visit its website at www.indianablood.org.
Indiana Blood Center is a not-for-profit agency through which lifesaving blood and blood components are supplied to more than 50 member hospitals throughout Indiana as well as supporting efforts to supply blood products to first level treatment facilities for our troops overseas.