Freeport Community Police and Fire Departments Compete in Battle of the Badges
FREEPORT, Ill.(September 9, 2010) – Around Freeport, men and women in uniform help save lives every day, but this Saturday, they are joining forces to save lives in one more way. On September 11, the Freeport Police Department with the Stephenson County Sheriff and the Freeport Fire Department and other county rural fire departments will battle it out to recruit the most blood donors during the American Red Cross Battle of the Badges competition.
During this friendly competition, these first responders will recruit blood donors from their ranks, families and neighborhoods, as well as enlist the community to “bare arms” on behalf of their department. At the end of the competition, the department that had the most donors present on its behalf wins bragging rights in the community.
WHO: Freeport Police, Stephenson County Sheriff & community fire departments
WHEN: Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Lincoln Mall, 1255 W. Galena Avenue, Freeport
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) 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 permission in some states), 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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.