Boone County Fire District Wins ‘Battle of the Badges’

July 8, 2011

Emergency responders in the Columbia area engaged in a friendly battle in late June to help promote American Red Cross blood donations.  Five police and fire departments competed for votes in the Battle of the Badges June 30.  The Boone County Fire Protection District received the most votes, 20, beating the Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department, the University of Missouri Police Department, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

While the Boone County Fire Protection District received the most votes, the real winners of the competition are the blood recipients.  The Battle of the Badges blood drive collected 55 units of blood, and saw more than 60 people attempt to donate.  Each blood donation can help save up to three lives, meaning 165 people may benefit from the blood collected during the drive. 

The American Red Cross thanks each department for its efforts to promote blood donations, as well as presenting donors who helped make the drive a success!

For your convenience, you may now schedule blood donation appointments online at  You may also call 1-800-RED CROSS. 



How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation 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 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


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 or join our blog at