Annual Keith Dressel Memorial Blood Drive to be held todayWritten by Chase Will | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The fourth annual Keith Dressel memorial blood drive will take place Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association Hall.
Dressel was a vice narcotics undercover cop shot and killed in line of duty February 2007. According to his mother, Larraine Dressel, a blood drive is the best way to honor Keith’s memory because he was an avid donor with a generous heart.
“Some of the people that used drugs who he’d arrested, he’d go at Thanksgiving and maybe buy them a complete Thanksgiving dinner and drop at their house to check up on them,” said Larraine. “He was there to protect and serve, so that’s what he did. He was a good cop, friendly and funny, just a great guy.”
Blood donation is especially important this year, said Jennifer Hughes, account manager at the Toledo American Red Cross.
Hughes said since February around 300 American Red Cross blood drives have been cancelled due to inclement weather, resulting in an estimated 9,700 pints of uncollected blood.
“Each pint of blood impacts up to three lives,” said Hughes. She explained how the blood is separated after being donated, and how plasma may go to one recipient while the white blood cells go to another.
“At last year’s blood drive we collected 37 pints, and the two years before we collected 43 pints each,” said Hughes.
Anyone over the age of 17 is eligible to donate blood as long as they meet the requirements of the American Red Cross.
“If someone’s wanting to get out there and help others, stop by,” said Larraine. “I’m making vegetable soup and Red Lobster-styled biscuits. Stop by, give blood, and warm up with some soup!”
Although walk-ins are welcome, appointments can be made by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.
The Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association Hall is located at 1947 Franklin Ave.
Also in memory of Keith Dressel and other fallen officers of the Toledo Police Department, the Toledo Police Special Operations Bureau conducted “Operation Dirty Boy VIII” Feb. 11-14.
This citywide sweep is performed annually, and over 35 warrants were executed this year.
During the sweep, 42 people were arrested and charged with 54 felony and 36 misdemeanor offenses.
Property seized during the sweep included 5lbs of marijuana, 50 pills, two grams of heroin, 100 grams of crack valued at $13,000, four firearms, and $19,743 accrued through illegal means.