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Battle of the Badges pits Norfolk Police against Norfolk Fire

Midwest

April 23, 2014
 
NORFOLK, Neb. — Norfolk Police and Fire Departments serve the public every day by responding to local emergencies and keeping the community safe. This May, they are helping save lives in one more way during the American Red Cross Battle of the Badges blood drive.
 
The Battle of the Badges blood drive is a friendly competition between police and fire personnel to recruit the most blood donors to perform a heroic act of their own. All presenting donors at the blood drive on May 9 at the Norfolk Fire Department can cast their vote to help decide the winner of this year’s competition.
 
“Members of the Norfolk Police and Fire Departments know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available during emergencies,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the Midwest Blood Services Region. “This is their chance to join forces and partner with the Red Cross to encourage the community to take on the civic responsibility of blood donation.”
 
Battle of the Badges
May 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Norfolk Fire Station, 701 Koenigstein Ave., in Norfolk
 
Norfolk Police and Fire Departments are counting on the public’s support to help determine the winner of this year’s battle and help patients in need. The side that earns the most votes will earn bragging rights.
 
Schedule an appointment to donate – and cast your vote – at the Battle of the Badges blood drive today. Appointments can be made by calling the Norfolk Police Department at 402-644-8700 or the Norfolk Fire Department at 402-844-2050. Donors may also schedule online at redcrossblood.org  by entering sponsor code 0092606.
 
How to donate blood
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 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
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.
 
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