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Mishawka Police Department blood drive

 Wednesday, there will be a blood drive hosted at the Mishawaka Police Department from 10 AM- 2 PM.

Every year local police departments host blood drives in honor of those who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty.

Josh Szuba, the son of James Szuba a Mishawka police officer, who was killed in January of 2010 said blood drives like this one mean so much to him.

After his father was killed he followed in his father's footsteps.

“My father really liked dogs, one of his aspirations was to become a canine handler he got Ricky, and it was amazing.

Ricky became part of the family, and I have a canine myself now.”

In 2010, Szuba's life took a tragic turn. 

“January 2010 my father was working in Mishawaka, and he went to assist another officer on a pursuit, the vehicle that was fleeing from another officer struck and killed my father, and his canine partner Ricky.”

He says that beyond the badge, his father was a family man.

“Everything he did, he did for us, never did he do anything for himself.”

The annual blood drives serve as a reminder of the sacrifices the men and women in uniform  make every day, sometime making the ultimate sacrifice.

“It keeps the memory alive it doesn't let that person fade away or be forgotten.”

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