Thomas Conaty was a fireman with the Kenney Fire Department in Kenney, Illinois for 31 years and most recently served as the President of the Board of Trustees. On February 5th, 2021, Thomas passed away. He dedicated his life toward helping the community and protecting those in need.
Captain Troy Lashbrook of the Kenney Fire Department, was a dear friend who worked alongside Thomas for more than ten years.
“He was on our team for a longtime and was very community oriented. Thomas was my mentor when I started,” Troy says.
Five years ago, the Kenney Fire Department began hosting an annual blood drive on Good Friday. This year’s blood drive set for April 2, 2021, is dedicated to Thomas.
Troy says the drive has grown tremendously. During their first year hosting the blood drive, 35 units of blood were collected. In 2020, more than 100 units of blood were collected.
“It’s excellent knowing people want to come back every year. It’s awesome that the Red Cross lets us know when the blood is sent to help others,” Troy says.
If you are eligible and well, visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive near you.
Written by Communications & Marketing Intern, Matthew Pontious