Monday, April 24, 2017

JOHN KALAMAN MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE IS APRIL 27

FAMILY MARKS 20TH YEAR OF SAVING LIVES IN SON’S MEMORY

Paula and John Kalaman
DAYTON, Ohio – The 20th annual Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive will take place Thursday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Centerville Police Department. John and Paula Kalaman say the best tribute to their son at this milestone will be a strong showing of support by donors.

Community Blood Center will hold the blood drive in the CPD training room, 155 West Spring Valley Road. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 293-3373.

Officer Kalaman and Washington Township Firefighter Robert O’Toole were killed, and another firefighter injured, while responding to an accident on I-675 in January of 1998. A motorist lost control, crossed three lanes of traffic, and struck the men in the median.

John and Paula Kalaman hosted the first blood drive in their son’s memory on April 27, 1998, the date of what would have been his 30th birthday. Since then more than 4,000 unit of blood has been donated in his name.

“It’s amazing,” said John Kalaman. “We have folks that have donated every year since we started and come back year after year. If the second year nobody showed up we would have stopped right there! It’s heart-warming that so many do this in memory of John.”

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

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