On July 10, 2001, Sgt. Dan R. Stames 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 legacy alive his surviving spouse, Janice, organized the Sgt. Dan R. Stames Memorial Blood Drive in Morgan County later that year and has organized a blood drive each year since in Dan's memory.
She has taken the blood drive statewide and renamed it the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive.
This year, the following locations will be participating in the blood drive:
* Clay County -- The Clay County Sheriff's Department, 611 E. Jackson St., Brazil, Friday, 1:30-6 p.m.
In addition, blood drives will be conducted in Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties.