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Porter Twp. Fire Department hosts memorial blood drive

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By Nicole Huff

Scioto County Candor

The loss of local hero Charlie Floyd affected many citizens of Scioto County. In honor of this, the Porter Twp. Fire Department will be hosting their Second Annual Memorial Blood Drive, conjoined with the American Red Cross.

Charlie Floyd was a member of the fire department and an EMT, as well as a late model driver. He was very passionate about what he did and is now lived through his family.

The fire department is utterly thankful to everyone involved, stating, “We thank you all for your generosity and are honored to keep our fallen firefighter/EMT’s legacy alive by creating donations in his name that will ultimately save lives. Once again, on behalf of Charlie, his family and our department, we thank you.”

The fire department has hosted various events remembering Floyd; such as a memorial benefit race in 2016 and, more recently, labeled and applied decals to 15 of the employees helmets, in appreciation and memory of their friend.

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“Every helmet we assign to staff will have the #99f sticker that some of us have been wearing the last couple of years after we lost Charlie. Also, we would like to add that we have placed an order for similar sized stickers honoring firefighter Randy Phipps. We may have lost two active members in such a short time, but we hope honoring them in such a small way will always keep them with us in all that we do,” a member of the fire department explained. “We would appreciate as many for the blood drive as we can get and we hope for an excellent turn out of donations in Charlie’s name.”car

To be a part of the blood drive, you can schedule a donation time by direct messaging Porter Township Fire Department, or call their station at 740-574-6030. Walk-ins may be unavailable. The event is taking will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on  April 14, at 676 Center Street in Wheelersburg.