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Blood drive held to honor fallen TPD officer

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Seven years ago on Feb. 21, Toledo lost a hero. Toledo Police Detective Keith Dressel was shot and killed in the line of duty. On Friday, his memory and sacrifice were honored.

Det. Dressel's family says he lived to help others. One of the ways he did that was by frequently donating blood. Dozens came together on Friday for a blood drive in his honor.

"He'd have this grin," said Larraine Dressel, Keith's mother. "I can't say the word of what kind of grin, but he would have this grin and say, ‘Oh, that's awesome!'"

She says she knows her son is looking down and smiling, not only at the idea of the event, but at the turn out, as well.

"Police, fire, some of the colleges…people off the streets that heard about it," she said.

The memory of that day in 2007 hits especially close to home right now for Toledo firefighters, who recently lost two of their own in the line of duty. Many of them stopped by the blood drive.

"Keith was a hero, and we're just here today to honor him and help pay it forward and help other people by giving blood," said Matt Conway, a firefighter.

This is the third year a blood drive has been held in Det. Dressel's name.

"It means a lot," said his mother. "I was worried about that, but he's still loved."

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