Help Local Heroes Save Lives at North Platte Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

September 10, 2012

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Dedicated men and women in uniform dutifully serve the public every day by responding to local emergencies and keeping the streets safe. But this September, they are joining together to help save lives in one more way.

On September 11, North Platte-area law enforcement and fire and rescue departments will compete to see which team can recruit the most donors during the third annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drives.

“The Battle of the Badges Blood Drives are an opportunity for our local heroes to engage in a fun competition for bragging rights, all while helping save lives,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the American Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “With this special blood drive occurring on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is also an opportunity for the North Platte community to unite and give to remember the victims, honor the brave first responders and rekindle the spirit of service to others.”


Battle of the Badges Blood Drive:
Tuesday, September 11 from noon to 6 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: Quality Inn & Suites, 2102 S. Jeffers St., North Platte
Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit to make an appointment.
All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross t-shirt.

You don’t have to wear a badge to be a hero.  North Platte residents are invited to join the North Platte Fire Department, North Platte Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol and donate blood. Walk-ins are welcome at the blood drive, 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 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