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Downtown Red Cross blood drive in memory of APD Detective Jason Martin

April 11, 2019

Media contact: Patty Corvaia, APR 
(585) 775-7673 

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 12, 2019)—  Detective Jason Martin dedicated his life to serving his community. A lifelong resident of Albany, he worked for the City of Albany for 20 years.  For 13 of those years, he was a police officer. Throughout his career, Jason received numerous awards for his outstanding service.  

Last year, Detective Martin was diagnosed with lung cancer. He passed away after an intense and courageous battle.  Detective Martin’s family, the City of Albany, Albany Police and Fire departments, Blue Friday and McGeary’s Pub are celebrating Jason’s commitment to helping others and his community by hosting a blood drive in his memory on Friday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street

“Detective Martin was a loving husband, father and friend, with a lifelong dedication to serving the City of Albany,” said Albany Police Lieutenant Josiah Jones. 

Detective Martin’s family notes he was a kindhearted, selfless person who would love for people to benefit from a blood drive in his honor. 

“By giving blood at this drive, you honor the life of Albany Police Detective Jason Martin”, said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “You also can help so many patients: accident and burn victims, organ transplant patients, and those battling disease. Giving is a way to show you care—and to provide for others in need.”

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood donations and urges type O donors—as well as eligible donors of all blood types—to give now to help ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t affected this spring. 

During National Volunteer Month in April, the Red Cross celebrates the millions of volunteers who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and invites others to get involved. Last year, nearly 2.7 million generous people donated blood or platelets through the Red Cross. Volunteers are the only source of blood and platelets for hospital patients in need of transfusions. 
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.

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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross