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Announcing the 2017 Battle of the Badges Winners

September 25, 2017

(St. Paul, MN) – Congratulations to Rogers Police and Fire Department—winners of the Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) 2017 Battle of the Badges competition!

Battle of the Badges logoThe friendly competition, held annually in August, challenges departments of first responders in the Twin Cities to help save the most lives through blood donation. This year, first responders from 15 departments recruited a total of 408 community members to donate blood at participating blood drives.

“Our community is amazing, and I am proud to say that 74 people stepped up to donate blood during our blood drive on August 16,” 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.”

The Rogers Police and Fire departments work closely to get the word out and encourage blood donation.

“Participants from the Rogers community make this drive successful by going above and beyond for their donors,” said MBC Donor Recruitment Representative Maggie Schneider. “The Police and Fire departments, along with Rotary members, served donors handmade banana split sundaes, and made sure to stick around for the duration of the drive to personally thank donors. We are very lucky to have them as a participating blood drive sponsor!”

Extra congratulations go out to the Shakopee Police Department, MBC’s Battle of the Badges Rookie of the Year. Shakopee registered 51 donors and collected blood from 47 generous donors. Following the success of their blood drive, Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate anticipates holding up to four blood drives per year in the community.

During the Battle of the Badges competition—which takes place in August each year—MBC partners with 15 police and fire departments throughout the Metro area including: Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, City of Crystal, City of Edina and the Edina Police Department, City of Golden Valley, City of Hopkins, City of Maple Grove, City of New Hope, Elk River Police Department, Loretto Fire Department, Rogers Police and Fire, the Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire Department, Shakopee Police Department, Wayzata Fire Department, and Wyoming Police Department.

To learn more about hosting a Battle of the Badges blood drive in your community, visit MBC.ORG/Badges. 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 (MBC) has been saving lives for nearly 70 years as an independent nonprofit. MBC relies on the local community to donate blood to help ensure a safe and stable blood supply is available to area hospitals and other partners throughout the country. Operating 10 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, MBC 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 Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.