Donate blood and platelets at Battle of the Badges  

Local fire and law enforcement personnel compete to increase blood donations

Local fire and law enforcement personnel are teaming with the American Red Cross for the Battle of the Badges blood drive to see who can recruit the most eligible donors in their community to donate blood.

Individuals can join the Battle of the Badges blood drive by donating on June 19th from noon – 6 p.m. at the Pulaski Train Depot. Donors’ blood donations will help decide who wins bragging rights.

Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition to encourage community members to join their local first responders and perform their own heroic act with a blood donation. All presenting donors during the blood drive will get to cast a vote to help decide the winner.

Fire and law enforcement units know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available for emergencies.

When donors come to give blood, they’ll be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to meet the New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) and attend the final show of the Mixtape Tour on July 14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!  Trip includes airfare for your donor and a friend, two-nights beachfront resort accommodations, Mixtape Tour concert tickets, NKOTB meet-n-greet and a $250 gift card for expenses.

Battle of the Badges blood drive is supported by various organizations within firefighting and law enforcement units.

To make an appointment for Battle of the Badges, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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. 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App. 

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, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.