Captain Richard Doyle, who will become the town’s next police chief as of April 6, was among the many volunteers who donated blood March 25 at the Easton Public Library.

The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

“I encourage people to find a local blood drive and support the great work of the American Red Cross,” Doyle said. “They have safety precautions in place to keep people safe. They took my temperature when I arrived, and there was plenty of hand santitizer available. The whole process took about 25 minutes. They were extremely efficient and courteous, and the whole staff was wonderful.”

Doyle is Easton’s emergency operations director in addition to the newly appointed police chief, replacing current Chief Tim Shaw who is leaving to become chief of the Stamford Police Department. Doyle meets regularly with the town’s Unified Command, including First Selectman Dr. David Bindelglass, the Easton EMS and the Easton Fire Department. 

Doyle praised the Unified Command and said they have “real good procedures down for handling cases. They are doing a phenomenal job.”

“The first selectman is doing a great job getting the word out,” Doyle said. We have gotten calls from the public asking if there is anything we need. We encourage people to take care of themselves. If we need anything we will channel things through the first selectman’s office and use social media outlets to get word out. We’re doing well and appreciate the support of the community.”

He said the woman who drew his blood was “reassuring and knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable throughout the process.” He encourages others to find a blood drive near them and donate.

Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood with the American Red Cross by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.

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By Nancy Doniger

Nancy Doniger worked as a journalist for three decades and was a founding editor of the nonprofit Easton Courier in partnership with the School of Communications, Media & the Arts at Sacred Heart University (SHU). She served two years as executive member and is now a contributing editing of the Easton Courier. She was a former managing editor of Hometown Publications and Hersam Acorn Newspapers covering Connecticut's Fairfield and New Haven counties. She was a correspondent for the Connecticut section of The New York Times from 1995 until the section was discontinued in 2006. Over the years she edited The Easton Courier, The Monroe Courier, The Bridgeport News and other community newspapers. She taught news editing as an adjunct professor at SHU and served as coordinator and member of the Community Assets Network for the Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools. She was a member of the Newtown Community Center Commission, member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), board member of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), and past president and board member of the Barnard Club of Connecticut. She has won awards for her writing from SPJ and NENPA.