AMHERST — Amherst police will host a blood drive 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst in honor of Officer Gene “JR” Ptacek.
The drive, held in conjunction with LifeShare Community Blood Services, will be in the school’s parking lot for Ptacek. Ptacek, a member of the Lorain County SWAT team, was shot during a standoff May 31 in Sheffield Lake.
His most recent condition update was serious at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Director of Donor Recruitment Mike Salisbury said blood donors helped save Ptacek’s life, according to a news release.
“The need for blood is constant, and when the Police Department put their lives on the line for our safety, they need to know that there is blood available to back them up,” Salisbury said in the release. “That’s why we’re reaching out to our community to help ensure a ready supply of blood for patients who depend on it.”
Type O blood and Type B-negative donations are the most critically needed at this time, but all blood types are welcome. Visit www.lifesharedonor.org or call (866) 644-5433 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome at any location.
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