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PSP Troopers roll up their sleeves to honor Cpl. Seth Kelly

VIDEO: Miller-Keystone blood drive...

HANOVER TWP, Pa. - Corporal Kelly's brothers and sisters in blue were among those rolling up their sleeves Wednesday for the wounded trooper.

As soon as a blood drive was announced, people working at the state police Troop M barracks, in Hanover Township, had one answer.

"I'm in," said Kim Milnes. "That's what it is you know, I always donate to begin with and for Corporal Kelly definitely."

Corporal Seth Kelly was shot multiple times last week on Route 33 after a traffic stop turned violent.
He's undergone two surgeries and received multiple blood transfusions during his recovery.

"We're all pulling for Corporal Kelly," said Troop M commanding officer, Richard D'Ambrosio. "We know the community is pulling for him as well. We thought there would be no better way to honor him then having a blood drive for our people to be able to give back to the community with the way they gave to us."

So one by one, people rolled up their sleeves to give the gift of life.

"I think we could have done another had they had one available on such short notice," added Milnes.

Every available appointment for this blood drive was filled by a current trooper, retired trooper, or civilian personnel, which totaled over 40 people.

But there are five more blood drives scheduled and other ways for people to donate in honor of Corporal Kelly.

"We give a sponsor code to every group that has a blood drive and that's all they need to use," said Diane Lee, from Miller-Keystone Blood Center. "So corporal Kelly's sponsor code is 7771."

It's something Gary Caronia says he's going to do.

Caronia showed up at the mobile unit to donate, but was redirected to the Miller-Keystone location in Bethlehem.

"I hope it saves a life," added Caronia. "I just hope any blood that is given saves somebody's life, that's what is important right now."

You can give that sponsor code when donating at any Miller-Keystone office location.


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