Help Local Heroes Save Lives at Omaha-Area Battle of the Badges Blood Drives

May 1, 2012

OMAHA, 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 May, they are joining together to help save lives in one more way.

The week of May 14, Omaha area law enforcement and fire and rescue departments will compete to see which team can recruit the most donors during 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 blood products being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they are coming in, the Battle of the Badges Blood Drives will ensure the Red Cross is able to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need as we enter the summer months.”

Fourth Annual Omaha Battle of the Badges Blood Drive:
Omaha Police Department versus Omaha Fire Department
Thursday, May 17, 2012
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Omaha Fire Union Hall
6005 Grover St.
Friday, May 18, 2012
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Omaha Police Union Hall
13445 Cryer Ave


Second Annual Suburban Battle of the Badges Blood Drive:
Suburban Law Enforcement versus Suburban Fire and Rescue Departments

Tuesday, May 15
1 to 7 p.m.
La Vista Community Center
8116 Parkview Drive, La Vista
Friday, May 18
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sarpy County Law Enforcement Center
1208 Golden Gate Dr., Papillion
Friday, May 18
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bellevue Fire Training Center
31st and Cornhusker, Bellevue

Departments participating in the Suburban Battle of the Badges: Bellevue Police and Fire Departments, La Vista Police and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments, Papillion Police and Fire Departments, Ralston Police and Volunteer Fire Departments and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department.

You don’t have to wear a badge to be a hero. The Red Cross invites area residents to Badges to join the heroes and donate blood during the Battle of the Badges Blood Drives. Walk-ins are welcome at all blood drives, 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