Help decide who will win DC’s “Badge Battle” by donating blood

Blood donors are asked to help settle a friendly bet on whether more people’s hearts are the “true blue” of the police department or believe in pumping blood that is “fire engine red.”

Jason Medina, an MPD 6th District officer, donates blood during the 2021 Badge Battle. Medina is one of the main organizers of this year’s event and will be there on Friday. (Courtesy of MPD)

Blood donors are asked to help settle a friendly bet on whether more people’s hearts are the police department’s ‘true blue’ or believe in pumping blood that’s ‘fire engine red’ .

You could be the deciding vote in DC’s second Badge Battle, a blood drive hosted by district first responders on Friday, August 19.

“Help DC’s bravest help you. Come support your community,” John A. Donnelly Sr., DC Fire and EMS Chief, told OMCP.

The 2021 Battle of the Badges Trophy. (Courtesy of DC FEMS)

The winner of last year’s inaugural event – the Metropolitan Police Department, with 34 to 31 pints of blood donated – noted that everyone wins when people participate.

“We hope residents of DC or DMV can join MPD and DC Fire and EMS in a friendly competition to help save lives and give back to our community,” said MPD Public Affairs Specialist Brianna Burch.

“MPD and DC Fire and EMS are tasked with responding to calls 24/7 and bravely saving the lives of those in need. Donating blood is another vital life-saving measure and each pint donated can save up to three lives.

The National Capital Region Red Cross sponsors the Battle of the Badges. Everyone who participates and donates will receive a Battle of the Badges t-shirt, while supplies last.

“Remember who you are helping,” said Red Cross communications director Ashley Henyan.

“You are helping someone who has had a difficult birth, an accident, cancer patients. …these are the people who depend on blood transfusions to survive. That’s why we’re asking everyone to come out and support their favorite first responder service tomorrow. »

Donations are collected in specific locations in each department. Blood drives take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, August 19.

To vote for firefighters, donate to:

DC Fire and EMS Training Academy
4600 Shepard Pkwy SW
Washington, D.C. 20032

To vote for the police, go to:

St. Luke’s Catholic Church
4925 East Capitol St SE
Washington, D.C. 20019

To make an appointment to make a donation on the Red Cross websiteenter the appropriate postal code in the box that says “find a blood drive”.

Enter postcode 20019 for St. Luke’s Church Blood Drive with Police Department; enter the zip code 20032 to vote for the training academy firefighters.

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