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Memorial Blood Centers Announces Battle of the Badges Winner

October 19, 2016

(St. Paul, MN) – Congratulations to Rogers Police and Fire Department—winners of Memorial Blood Centers’ 2016 Battle of the Badges competition. The friendly competition held annually in August challenges police and fire departments in the Twin Cities to help save lives through blood donation. This year, first responders from 15 departments recruited 460 community members to donate blood at their blood drives.

“Our community is amazing and I am proud to say that 75 people stepped up to donate blood during our blood drive on August 17,” said Chief Jeff Beahen of the Rogers Police Department. “The Battle of the Badges competition with Memorial Blood Centers is more than a competition—it’s a time for us to get to know the people in our community and support a life-saving cause. Each person who donates blood is making a life-saving difference for someone in need.”

In addition to recognizing this year’s winner, Memorial Blood Centers will present the Rookie of the Year award to the Wyoming Police Department for hosting their first Battle of the Badges blood drive and encouraging 29 people to donate blood.

“Our Twin Cities’ first responders do great work in the community and it’s exciting to see their enthusiasm for blood donation,” said Ann Evans, Donor Recruitment Assistant Manager with Memorial Blood Centers. “Memorial Blood Centers, along with patients in local hospitals, are grateful for their efforts to encourage family members, friends, and community members to donate blood during the Battle of the Badges competition.”

Memorial Blood Centers partners with 15 police and fire departments throughout the Metro area including: Anoka-Champlin Fire Department, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Edina Police Department, Elk River Police Department, Forest Lake Police and Fire Department, Golden Valley Police and Fire Department, Hopkins Fire Department, Loretto Fire Department, Minneapolis Police and Fire Department, Rogers Police and Fire Department, St. Francis Fire Department, Wayzata Fire Department, West Metro Fire Rescue District, and Wyoming Police Department.

First responders in and around the Twin Cities are invited to participate in next year’s Battle of the Badges competition during the month of August. To learn more visit, MBC.ORG/Badges or to schedule a blood donation appointment visit MBC.ORG or call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253).

About Memorial Blood Centers 
Memorial Blood Centers has been saving lives for over 65 years as an independent nonprofit supplying life-saving blood to area hospitals and other partners throughout the U.S. Operating 10 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, Memorial Blood Centers also provides comprehensive testing and expert technical services as a national leader in transfusion medicine. For more information, call 1-888-GIVE-BLD (1-888-448-3253) or visit MBC.ORG. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.