Annual Dressel memorial blood drive set for Feb. 21Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For the third year, Toledo Police Detective Keith Dressel’s legacy will be honored at a blood drive. Dressel was shot and killed trying to stop a drug deal in 2007.
The drive will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m Feb. 21 — the seventh anniversary of his death — at the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association, 1947 Franklin Ave.
“He was Type O blood, and gave blood a lot,” Keith’s mom Larraine Dressel said. “Because he can’t do it anymore, [we] thought, ‘How about we do a blood drive in Keith’s name?’”
Last year, 41 pints of blood were donated.
“We’re not asking for money from people,” Larraine said. “In a way we’re asking for something more precious.”
Keith’s two children, who were young when he died, are seeing his legacy being brought to light, Larraine said. Even though they are in school during the drive, they are aware of it.
Until these drives, Larraine had never donated blood before.
“Call me wimpy, chicken, you know, I was scared. I don’t like needles,” she said. “My thing always is if God wanted it to come out he would’ve put spigot there.”
However, Larraine said she discovered donating blood is a quick and painless process.
“I think the longest part of it is just sitting there afterwards while you recoup,” Dressel said. “I was amazed. It was nothing, really.”
This year, Diane Miscannon, daughter of the TPD Officer William Miscannon, who was shot and killed during a riot in 1970, will be donating blood for the first time. This is the first year she can since becoming a cancer survivor, adding a wish of good luck to whoever pulls her blood because of her “teeny, tiny veins.”
“My record for being poked when I was in the hospital for chemo was seven times,” Miscannon said.
Miscannon met Larraine at Dressel’s funeral after seeing the similarities between Keith’s and her father’s deaths.
“It’s just an honor to donate blood for the first time in Keith’s memory,” Miscannon said. “Most people don’t think about donating blood. I never did.”
Miscannon said when she was in the hospital, she felt lucky someone was willing to donate their blood to her.
“The first year, I was going to chemo and I couldn’t even attend to help out. Last year, I did go down to help out but I couldn’t donate. This year, I’m going down to help out and donate,” Miscannon said.
To make an appointment, call the American Red Cross at (800) RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “KeithDressel” in the search bar.