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(St. Paul, MN) – Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) has announced a winner of its 2018 Battle of the Badges competition: Rogers Police and Fire Department.

The 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, participants from 20 citywide departments recruited a total of 405 community members to donate blood at participating blood drives.

“Our community is amazing, and I am proud to say that 77 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 together to get the word out and encourage blood donation.

“Blood drive coordinators in the Rogers community make their Battle of the Badges event successful by going above and beyond for their donors,” said MBC Donor Recruitment Representative Maggie Schneider. “We are very lucky to partner with the community in our mission of saving lives!”

Extra congratulations go out to the Savage Police Department, the Battle of the Badges Rookie of the Year. Savage recruited 21 generous donors.

During the 2018 Battle of the Badges competition, MBC partnered with 20 organizations throughout the Metro area including: Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, Anoka-Champlin Fire Department, Buffalo Police Department, Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, City of Crystal, City of Edina, City of Golden Valley, City of Hopkins, City of Maple Grove, City of Minneapolis, City of New Hope, Eden Prairie City Center, Elk River Police Department, Loretto Fire Department, Rogers Police and Fire, Roseville Fire Department, Savage Police 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).

(Pictured, above: Officer Mike Blood and Cheri Blood.)

About Memorial Blood Centers

Memorial Blood Centers (MBC) has been saving lives for 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.