Fitchburg Police and Firefighters Square Off in Battle of the Badges Blood Drives

August 6, 2012

FITCHBURG, Wis. - In Fitchburg, men and women in uniform help save lives every day, but on August 9, they are joining forces to save lives in one more way. The Fitchburg Police and Fire Departments will battle it out to recruit the most blood donors during an 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 donate on behalf of their department,” said Diane Nichols, Red Cross donor recruitment representative. “At the end of the competition, the department with the most presenting donors on its behalf wins bragging rights in the community.”

Individuals can donate at one of the following blood drives and specify at registration whether they'd like their donation to count towards the Fitchburg Police or Fire Department:

Battle of the Badges Blood Drives

Fitchburg Community Center
5510 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg, Wis.
Tri-North Builders
2625 Research Park Dr., Fitchburg, Wis.
A single blood donation can help save up to three lives. The Red Cross has a critical need for blood donations and is calling on all eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give the gift of life. All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 or join our blog at