Blood drive in honor of fallen Toledo Police detective

Published: Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:23 AM EST
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An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, February 20 in memory of Detective Keith Dressel, who was killed in the line of duty in 2007. The drive will be held at the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association in Toledo from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

His family and fellow officers are asking the community to remember Det. Dressel and support this blood drive in his honor to help save lives.

“Keith worked to serve and protect the citizens of Toledo,” says his mother, Larraine Dressel. “He also gave blood to help others. He was O negative and believed his blood could help many people.”

Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative are encouraged to donate. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood.

Winter weather and seasonal illness, like the widespread flu, may be preventing donors from making or keeping their blood and platelet donation appointments. Eligible donors who feel well and live in areas where it is safe to travel are encouraged to make an appointment to give.

Hospital patients continuously need transfusions of blood and platelets, so each donation given, offers hope to a patient in need.

Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Blood Drive

Friday, February 20, 20158:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Toledo Police Patrolman's Association

1947 Franklin Avenue, Toledo, OH

Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to to schedule a blood donation appointment.

Use sponsor code: KeithDressel. Walk-ins are also welcome.