Blood drive held in honor of Albany Officer

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany Police Department held a blood drive Friday in memorial of deceased officer, Lieutenant John Finn.

Instead of a banquet hall, the auditorium of the Albany Elks Lodge was converted in to a blood donation center. According to Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff, it's a day the department cherishes.

“When John was going through all the lifesaving efforts with the heroes at Albany Medical Center, we know how much blood he went through,” said Krokoff.

Finn, a 13-year veteran of the Albany Police Department, died Feb.12, 2004 at Albany Medical Center as a result of gunshot wounds sustained in the line of duty.

His shooter was sentenced to life in prison.

Dozens of officers from the Albany Police Department and some civilians who walked in off the street turned out to give back.

 “We collect 1200 units daily in this area, but like I said, every two seconds, there's a unit of blood needed somewhere in this nation,” said Edward Small of the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross said especially needed is type “o” negative, which is the universal blood type, and can be used by anyone in need.

Kirsten White says it's a small thing to do for the brave people who do so much.

“The face that they do put their lives on the line every day is very telling about the type of people that they are,” said White.

Last year 57 units of blood were donated.

The Annual Lieutenant Finn Memorial Blood Drive was hosted by the American Red Cross at the Albany Elks Lodge located at 25 South Allen Street from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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