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American Red Cross and Sumter Police Department hold fourth annual blood drive in memory of Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt

Man donating blood at the Red Cross

SUMTER, S.C., April 30, 2014—The American Red Cross and Sumter Police Department are holding the fourth annual blood drive in memory of Cpl. Chuck Nesbitt Friday, May 16. The drive will be held at the Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St., from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Cpl. Charles Richard "Chuck" Nesbitt Jr., a 10-year veteran of the Sumter Police Department, died in an automobile accident on Highway 521 near Rembert in January 2011, while serving in the line of duty.

As a field training officer and mentor, Cpl. Nesbitt was instrumental in the professional development of newly hired officers with the Sumter Police Department. His legacy lives on through his determination to make a difference in the community and his commitment to service above self.

Blood donors are invited to give the gift of life in memory of Cpl. Nesbitt. Please visit and enter sponsor code: SumterPolice or call Joey Duggan at 803-436-2721 to schedule your donation appointment.

How to donate blood: Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.