Police Lt. Rich Hoaglund donates in 2012.
Dedicated men and women in uniform who serve the public every day will go toe-to-toe to see who can give the most blood to the Red Cross at the annual Battle of the Badges blood drive.
The battle gets underway on Sept. 11 in the fourth annual Husker Radio Battle of the Badges blood drive.
During this event, North Platte-area law officers battle the North Platte Fire Department to recruit the most blood donors. When donors present to give, they cast their vote for one side or the other and help their favorite first responders earn bragging rights and the travelling trophy.
"First responders give time to the community; they give a sense of security to residents; and they often give blood, too,” said Tricia Quinn, CEO of the American Red Cross Midwest Blood Services Region. “As local heroes to many, their courage in the face of adversity bolsters people in need."
"But choose your vote carefully – it might just come up the next time you're trying to get out of that speeding ticket or when you need to get your cat out of your neighbor's tree," Quinn joked.
Previous Battles of the Badges have produced about 95 pints a year.
The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Suites, 2102 S. Jeffers St. in North Platte.
All presenting donors will be treated to special refreshments and receive a Red Cross water bottle, Quinn said.
The North Platte Fire Department, North Platte Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol Troop D will participate. Walk-ins are welcome at the blood drive, but donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
How to donate
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 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, visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.