Sumter first responders sponsor “Battle of the Badges” blood drive

September 4, 2014

Media contact: Krystal Overmyer, 803-251-6034, @scredcrossblood


Sumter first responders sponsor “Battle of the Badges” blood drive

Community encouraged to give blood and vote for their favorite team of responders

SUMTER, S.C. (Sept. 4, 2014) — The Sumter Police Department, Sumter Fire Department, Sumter County Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, and Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center are teaming up with the American Red Cross for the third “Battle of the Badges” blood drive competition on Sept. 5.

The Red Cross invites friends and family of the first responders along with area residents to join in the good-natured competition by giving blood and voting for their favorite team. The Sumter Fire Department is the reigning champion. Give blood and cast your vote to help determine this year’s winner. Walk-ins are welcome. 

“Battle of the Badges’’ Blood Drive
Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St.
Friday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt and a coupon by email for a free haircut at Sport Clips.

For every unit of blood collected, the Red Cross will tally one vote for the Sumter Police Department, Sumter Fire Department, Sumter County EMS, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, or Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center based on the donors’ choice. At the end of the drive, the Red Cross will announce the department with the most votes and honor the winner with a commemorative plaque. 

Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and children with blood disorders. Through your support of the “Battle of the Badges” blood drive, these patients and others whose lives may be touched by your generosity will be forever grateful.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.