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July 7, 2013

July 8, 2013: Letters to the editor

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Believe me, these monsters do not add to the aesthetic beauty of Wildcat Township.

Fred McCorkle

Windfall

In donating blood, you give gift of life

The tragic loss of 19 Arizona firefighters reminds us of the inherent dangers faced by our public safety personnel. Every day, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical service providers put their lives on the line. All too often headlines tell of the ultimate sacrifice.

On Thursday, July 11, the annual Indiana Fallen Officer Blood Drive will be conducted in Howard County. This annual event was started in memory of Morgan County Deputy Sgt. Daniel Starnes. Starnes was shot multiple times on June 14, 2001, while attempting to arrest a subject wanted on a warrant. During his hospitalization Starnes required numerous units of blood. Sgt. Starnes succumbed to his injuries on July 10, 2001. Starnes’ widow, Janice, started this annual blood drive in memory of all Indiana fallen officers seven years ago. Since its inception, more than 35,000 units of blood have been collected. Fallen Officer blood drives are now conducted in all 92 counties. This event is conducted during the summer months, a time period when blood supplies often dwindle to critically low levels.

Our local drive will take place at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1967 W. Boulevard St., from noon to 6 p.m. All donors at this event will be registered to win one of five $3,000 American Express gift cards being given away in a national drawing. Steve Barker of Barker’s B&K will be providing coney dogs in the canteen. Barker’s B&K has annually supported the Howard County event. Local donors at this drive are eligible to win a Speedway Gift Card, good for gasoline or merchandise.

The slogan is simple: Give a little in memory of those who gave all. Howard County citizens have always supported our local drive. I am asking that you please consider supporting this blood drive. You can schedule an appointment by calling 800-733-2767. Walk-in donors will also be accepted.

Remember, when you give blood, you give the gift of life.

Marshall D. Talbert

Kokomo

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