Blood drive set for firefighter, friend seriously injured in crash

Blood drive set for firefighter, friend seriously injured in crash

July 20th, 2018 by Staff Report in Breaking News

This story was updated July 20, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. with more information.

Shellie Thorne

Shellie Thorne

Photo by Bruce Garner

The Chattanooga Fire Department is setting up a blood drive to help a fire captain and her friend seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Thursday.

Spokesman Bruce Garner said the captain, identified as Shellie Thorne, and Jerry White Jr. were riding on Mayflower Road when the bike collided with another vehicle. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said the other vehicle failed to yield and is investigating.

Garner said both people on the bike were rushed to Erlanger Medical Center.

"Members of the fire department have been hit hard by this tragedy and we are asking everyone to respect the family's privacy at this time," Garner said in the release.

The blood drive is set for 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the Fire Training Center. Donors should mention donor number 571389.

Donors also can give today and Saturday at any Blood Assurance facility. Just mention the the account number. For locations and hours, visit

The Firefighters Relief Fund will also be taking donations at First Tennessee Bank to help defray what Garner said will be "extensive" medical expenses. Donors should say it's for the "Chattanooga Firefighter Relief Fund."