Sumter First Responders Sponsor Second Annual “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive

August 12, 2013

CONTACT: Jessica Garrett, 803-622-3857,


Sumter, S.C., Aug. 8, 2013—The Sumter Police Dept., Sumter Fire Dept., Sumter County EMS, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, and Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center are teaming up for the second year in a row to sponsor the Battle of the Badges blood drive competition.


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 Dept. is the reigning champion. Give blood and cast your vote to help determine this year’s winner.


Two opportunities to participate:


Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Sumter County Library, 111 N. Harvin St.

Friday, Sept. 6

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Call Joey Duggan at 803-436-2721 or visit and enter sponsor code BattleBadgesSumter to schedule an appointment.


Battle of the Badges Donor Week

Sumter Donation Center, 1155 N. Guignard Dr.

Monday, Sept. 2-Thursday, Sept. 5

Monday: 8 a.m.-noon

Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Call 803-775-2364 or visit to schedule an appointment.


All presenting donors will receive a free T-shirt.


For every unit of blood collected, the Red Cross will tally one vote for the Sumter Police Dept., Sumter Fire Dept., 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.


Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross South Carolina Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 54 hospitals. Approximately 500 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demand.


Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Most healthy people age 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.


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