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Little Rock first responders gear up for Battle of Badges blood drive with the American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks-Arkansas

May 29, 2014
 

Police and fire departments partner to help save lives

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 29, 2014) — For police officers and firefighters, saving lives is part of the job description. On June 9, Little Rock’s emergency responders will be partnering to help save lives in a different way with an American Red Cross blood drive.  

 

“We’re proud to serve our community, because we’re part of this community,” said Lt. Sidney Allen, Little Rock Police public information officer. “This gives us a chance to help save lives beyond the line of duty, and that’s a great thing.”

 

Little Rock police and fire departments will be “battling” North Little Rock police and fire departments to collect the most blood donations. It’s a friendly competition between the two cities, where patients in need are the real winners.
 

“This blood drive means a lot to the Little Rock Fire Department,” said Chief Fire Marshal Joseph Gray. “Not only do we get to help our local Red Cross, but we know the blood could help across the country, too. It’s different than responding to a fire where you might have seconds to save lives. But you know that your blood donation will help save lives somewhere at some point.”

 

Members of the community are invited to visit the blood drive to help Little Rock first responders recruit the most donors to win bragging rights for the year. All presenting donors will receive complimentary Battle of the Badges T-shirts, while supplies last.

 

“This blood drive battle is a fun way for first responders and the public to get involved in helping save lives,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “But it comes at a serious time for the Red Cross. The summer is  historically a difficult time to collect blood.”

 

Summer vacations, activities and the heat can all prevent individuals from giving blood throughout the summer months. However, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t take a warm weather break.

 

Little Rock Battle of Badges blood drive:

June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., in Little Rock

 

Police officers and firefighters must be available whenever duty calls, and just like the importance of emergency personnel, the need for blood is constant as well. The Red Cross wants to help ensure blood is available whenever it is needed, and it relies on volunteer blood donors’ willingness to give.

 

Donors of all blood types are needed to help meet the constant need, especially donors with types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting redcrossblood.org.

 

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Arkansas), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.