Battle of the Badges Begins in Medicine Lodge

June 6, 2011

News Release

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Wichita, Kan. – May 24, 2011– It is time for American Red Cross’ Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in Medicine Lodge. The competition will be between ALL emergency responders including Law, Fire and Hospital/EMTs. Each of these groups of people gives time to the community; they give a sense of security to residents; and they often give blood too. As local heroes to many, their courage in the face of adversity bolsters people in need.

But the Battle isn’t just for local emergency responders; anyone can get involved in the fun by donating blood and voting for a favorite team. But choose your vote carefully, it might just come up the next time you’re trying to get out of that speeding ticket or when you need to get your cat out of your neighbor’s tree or need an ambulance ride!

“EMS tied for the trophy in ’06 and then won the Battle in ’07 and ’08, said Kevin White, Administrator, Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital. “It is a friendly rivalry and raises a lot of blood for Red Cross, but I sure would like to keep the trophy.”

Join the Battle and donate at the Medicine Lodge Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Monday, June 6, from Noon to 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 108 East 2nd Avenue, Medicine Lodge, Kan. All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt and can vote for a favorite team.

When this contest is over, the Battle of the Badges winner gets bragging rights and a big trophy. But most importantly, hospital patients throughout Kansas are also winners because they get the life-saving blood they need to survive.

Anyone can become a hero during Battle of the Badges.  This is your chance.  Give blood.

How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. 

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit