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Dallas police, fire roll up sleeves for annual Battle of the Badges drive

Southwest Blood Services Region

January 27, 2012
 

Understanding the constant need for blood every day, the Dallas First Responders will be hosting the third annual Battle of the Badges blood drive from Jan. 30 to Feb. 8. Battle of the Badges is a series of blood drives pitting the Dallas police department against the Dallas fire department to see which organization can get the most blood donated. The winner of the battle will house the Battle of the Badges trophy as well as retain bragging rights for the year. In 2011, the Dallas police department claimed victory and the trophy over the fire department.

"As a first responder to the Dallas community, we understand that blood is needed every day," said Sergeant Warren Mitchell, Dallas Police public information officer. “The Battle of the Badges is a fun opportunity to engage and educate community members about blood and how they can help. Hopefully, we can top last year’s numbers and bring in more blood this year. I hope the community will come out and support their favorite first responder group."

Community members interested in taking part of the Battle of the Badges are encouraged to come and donate on behalf of their favorite first responder organization. Location, date and time of the blood drives vary.

 

Date

Time

Location

Address

Monday, January 30

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bryan Adams High School

2101 Milmar

Monday, January 30

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Jack Evans Police Headquarters

1400 S. Lamar St.

Tuesday, January 31

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dallas Fire Academy

5000 Dolphin Road

Tuesday, January 31

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dallas Police Department South Campus

1999 E. Camp Wisdom

Wednesday, February 1

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dallas Fire Academy

5000 Dolphin Road

Wednesday, February 1

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dallas City Hall Lobby

1500 Marilla St.

Thursday, February 2

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Northeast Division

9915 E. Northwest Hwy.

Wednesday, February 8

Noon – 4 p.m.

Jack Evans Police Headquarters

1400 S. Lamar St.

 

"The police department beat us last year but this year, we are determined to take the trophy to the fire house," said Jason Evans, Dallas Fire Rescue public information officer. "Anytime there is a fire and help is needed, the Red Cross is the first to help by finding shelter and gathering supplies for those affected. It’s our turn to help the Red Cross by donating blood for patients in need. But, we can’t do it without the community’s support so I hope everyone will come and donate."

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the Red Cross needs to be prepared to respond to patient emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days week, 365 days a year. Through the everyday support of blood drive sponsors and blood and platelet donors, the Red Cross can help ensure every patient has the blood and platelets they need, no matter when or where they are needed. The Red Cross urges those who are healthy to donate blood to help revive the nation’s blood supply.