Join forces with local fire department and law enforcement officials for Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

September 9, 2013

Madison Public Safety, 'Never Forget' blood drive commemorates Sept. 11

MADISON, Wis. (Sept. 6, 2013) - Every day, the public relies on the courageous service of first responders as they help during emergencies and keep dangerous criminals off the streets. But these heroes also look to the local communities they serve for partners in helping save lives.

As part of their Sept. 11 observance, the Madison Police and Fire Department will hold the 'Never Forget' blood drive to honor those lives lost on this date in 2001. The drive is open to the public and the friendly competition will see which department can recruit the most blood donors. Crucial bragging rights are on the line as the teams help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients in need.

"Men and women in uniform on a daily basis see firsthand the importance of a sufficient blood supply," said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region. "That's why it's important that first responders and the local community do everything they can to make sure the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients whenever they need it. You don't have to wear a badge to be a hero."

'Never Forget' Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Wednesday, Sept. 11
7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Blooming Grove Fire Dept.

Training room, 1880 Stoughton Rd. in Madison
All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross Battle of the Badges T-shirt (at the Blooming Grove Fire Dept blood drive, while supplies last)

You can also donate for the "Battle of the Badges" from September 11 through September 18 at the Madison West Donor Center, 4860 Sheboygan Avenue or Madison East Donor Center, 2109 Zeier Road.

Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to find Donor Center hours, make an appointment or for more information.

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 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 or join our blog at