Meriden resident Dan Ormsby was shot and killed more than 20 years ago, but his family continues to honor his memory through an annual blood drive.
While the murder remains unsolved, his family's faith in turning their loss in to a positive remains firm.
Chris Ormsby said his older brother, Dan, was a giving kind of guy. So, the fact that his friends, family and complete strangers will gather to give blood this weekend in his memory is quite fitting.
"Being the 15th drive, we're really trying to push this over the top," Chris Ormsby said.
Dan Ormsby was 21 years old when he was working behind the counter at Domino's Pizza on East Main Street in October 1990. Two suspects entered the restaurant where they shot and killed Dan Ormsby.
For the 15th straight year, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in Dan Orsmby's name.
It's a connection that's personal to the family. Dan Ormsby received blood twice right after the robbery. His family said Dan Ormsby received 18 pints of blood and 19 pints of plasma.
When he was 5 years old, he also received blood when he had open heart surgery to repair a defect. His family said the generosity of others gave them 16 more years together before he was killed.
"He was an amazing son, brother, grandson and friend," said Margie Butkiewicz, who is Dan Orsmby's sister. "Year after year, so many people who remember him have continue to come together to honor him and keep his memory alive."
The fatal shooting occurred 23 years ago and while the murder remains unsolved, the family said there are some things they simply can't control.
They added this blood drive is about saving lives and making a difference. The family said it's something Dan Ormsby would want.
"He wouldn't want us sitting there, moping and being angry," Butkiewicz said. "He was not an angry person. Honoring him means moving on, being positive and reaching out to people."
The 15th annual Daniel B. Ormsby Memorial Blood Drive will be at Maloney High School on Gravel Street in Meriden from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
"Kind of looking for people to put their sleeve up, donate a pint of blood and go about your weekend, knowing you've helped someone out," Chris Ormsby said.
People can signup to donate blood to the American Red Cross by clicking here or calling 1-800-Red-cross.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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