Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office hosts Blind Veterans Association

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Members of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Blinded Veterans Association and Blind Endeavors Foundation gather at the shooting range.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Every day is a day of public service for Lumpkin County’s first responders, but many of them went above and beyond the call of duty Friday.

In the morning, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office hosted a LifeSouth Blood Center blood drive, helping to ensure area hospitals were supplied with life-saving blood. Statistics show that every unit donated has the potential to save three lives.

Law enforcement officers, firefighters and Emergency Services personnel kept phlebotomists busy throughout the day collecting 35 units.

Firefighter Laura Coleman

Firefighter Laura Coleman was one of the donors who arrived early in the morning.

Another donor, Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Captain Marcus Sewell, said, “When my son was born, he needed a blood transfusion that would end up helping his blood to clot. The reason why I give blood is that I hope it may be a help to someone one day. You never know when a person is in need.”

Chief Investigator Marcus Sewell

While the blood drive was still underway, Sheriff Stacy Jarrard and other law enforcement officers were hosting the Blind Endeavors Foundation and Blind Veterans Association, two non-profits that gave blinded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans an opportunity to utilize the county’s firing range off Barlow Road.

Aided by a support team, U.S. veterans Danny Wallace, Steve Baskis, Ken Horn and Jim Sadecki along with British war vets Nigel “Smudge” Smith, Garry Morrison, Mark Hollis and Karl Dought enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow veterans, good food and a few hours of shooting at targets.

“I’m thankful to be able to do something for them they haven’t been able to do for a long time,” Sheriff Stacy Jarrard said. “It’s a blessing.”

Joe Amerling, a former Army Ranger and blinded veteran who helped to organize the event, said, “It proves to our blinded veterans and to the community as a whole that we can continue to move on. The worst thing you can do to a person is to feel sorry for them.”

 

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