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

April 17, 2013

PEKIN, Ill. (April 17, 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.

On April 24, the Pekin Police Department, Pekin Fire Department and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department will square off in a friendly competition to see which team can recruit the most blood donors during the fifth annual American Red Cross Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. 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 Kurt Nelson, fire chief of the City of Pekin Fire Department. “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.”

Fifth Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Wednesday, April 24

7 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pekin City Offices

111 South Capitol St. in Pekin

All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt

You don’t have to wear a badge to be a hero. Area residents are invited to join the Pekin Police Department, Pekin Fire Department, and the Tazewell County Sherriff’s Department by donating blood at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on April 24.

Walk-ins are welcome, but donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to 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