On July 10, 2001, Sgt. Dan R. Starnes of the Morgan County 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 Sgt. 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 2007, she decided to take the blood drive statewide and renamed it the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive.
The 2011 drive has already begun with donation sites located in nearly every county statewide.
According to statistics, 1,000 units of blood are needed daily in Indiana and each unit of blood donated helps in three different ways, including red cells, platelets and plasma.
The Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive in Clay County took place Thursday at the Clay County Justice Center. However, there are other drives taking place in the surrounding areas, including:
* June 15 -- Parke County Courthouse, 116 W. High St., Rockville, from 4-6:30 p.m.,
* June 17 -- Greencastle Christian Church, 620 Plumrose Ln., Greencastle, from 3-7 p.m.,
* June 23 -- Terre Haute Regional Hospital, 3901 S. 7th St., Terre Haute, from 1-5 p.m.,
* June 28 -- Waters Care Facility, 375 S. 11th St., Clinton, from 3:30-5 p.m., and
* June 30 -- Terre Haute Regional Hospital, 3901 S. 7th St., Terre Haute, from 1-5 p.m.