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Incident Report for Case #2016-141972

Incident Type

Traffic Incident

Incident Date

05/01/2016 - 2:25 PM


Zeier Rd. (at E. Washington Ave.)


It was Forrest Gump who said "life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
The same might be said for boxes found along roadways.
Sunday afternoon, a 68-year-old Stoughton man, a cautious motorist, was tooling along in his automobile, when he came upon a large box, smack-dab in the middle of Zeirer Rd. It was blocking his path, so decided it prudent to get out and inspect.
It was clearly marked: "HUMAN BLOOD."
Concerned, he placed it in his car, and seconds later spotted a MPD officer stopped at the East Washington Ave. lights.
The citizen lowered his window and "motioned for me to do the same," recounted the officer. The man yelled he had just found a "big box of blood, human blood."
The officer suggested they pull into a nearby parking lot to discuss the find in more detail. The officer noted it was box of many labels; however, "It was clear that it belonged to the American Red Cross."
He made some phone calls and was directed to deliver the donated blood to the agency's Sheboygan Ave. location.
A lab technician told the officer they had just received blood from a satellite location. They were expecting six boxes, but only got five.
The lab tech, having seen what was in the trunk of the police squad, speculated a volunteer likely loaded five  and inadvertently left one on the car.
 The Zeier box.
The good news is it was not struck by a car or truck, and was undamaged:  good to go.
Having completed the delivery, the officer called the conscientious driver – the man who had found the box in the middle of the road - to let him know his potentially life-saving find had arrived "safely" at the Red Cross.
And that was all the officer had to say about that.

Released 05/02/2016 at 12:13 PM by PIO Joel Despain

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