In the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 1998, Centerville Police Officer John Kalaman, 29, and Washington Twp. Firefighter Robert O’Toole, 26, responded to a single-car accident on I-675 at Wilmington Pike along with firefighter Charles Arnold.
While investigating the scene on the highway, the three men were struck by a car whose driver lost control while speeding on the slick roadway.
Officer Kalaman, a five-year police department veteran, was killed at the scene. Firefighter O’Toole, who had been with the department for four years, died at Miami Valley Hospital. Arnold, who was seriously injured, survived.
John Kalaman and his wife Paula held the first blood drive in their son’s memory on April 27, 1998, the date of what would have been his 30th birthday.
Each year the couple greets the donors and supporters at the blood drive and serves birthday cake in honor of their son.
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“It’s one of those things where we will reach a point when we can no longer be there,” said John Kalaman. “I hope the blood center will continue the blood drive for the community and for all the people who have donated over the years. It’s all we can hope for.”
The blood drive will be held Friday in the Centerville Police Department training room, 155 W. Spring Valley Rd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 293-3373.