LAW ENFORCEMENT &
EMERGENCY AGENCIES’ CHIEFS GATHER TO KICK OFF
11th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE
BLOOD DRIVE ON MAY 7TH!
WHO WILL TAKE HOME THE TITLE?
Local law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel compete to
save lives through blood donations.
The public is invited to donate in support and vote for their
favorite badge-carrying entity.
All donors will receive a commemorative 11th Annual
Battle of the Badges T-shirt!
Monday, May 7 through Saturday, May 19,
Donate at mobile drives around Fresno &
Madera Counties and at
the following Central California Blood Center locations:
4343 W. Herndon Ave
3445 N. First St.
8094 N. Cedar Ave.
M-TH 8a-6:30p, F 8a-6p
M-Th 8a-6:30p, F 8a-6p M-Th
8a-6:30p, F 8a-6p,
Saturday hours) S 9a-3p
CENTRAL VALLEY, CA –
The men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to ensure our
safety, are once again, facing off in a friendly competition to save
lives by giving of themselves, literally, and donating blood.
It is all part of the 9th Annual Battle of the
Badges Blood Drive. This
year, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and Reedley Police Chief
Steve Wright are encouraging donors to also give in honor of two
fallen officers: Deputy Joel Walhenmaier and Officer Javier Bejar.
As in past years, Firefighters, Police, Forestry, Sheriff,
Corrections, Fish & Game, Highway Patrol and other badge-carrying
emergency personnel will compete for bragging rights, and a
perpetual trophy. This year’s drive will have added significance
because the drive and the donor T shirts will honor the two
officers. The blood drive will take place beginning Monday, May 10
and continue through Saturday, May 22 at Central California Blood
Centers in Central Fresno, NW Fresno and NE Fresno.
In addition, mobile drives will be held across Fresno and
Madera Counties for those who can not make it in to a donor center (click
here for mobile drive information).
The public is invited to participate.
All donors will receive a commemorative 9th Annual North
Valley Battle of the Badges T-shirt and a variety of donor reward
this drive has been a time of camaraderie for all who come out to
give,” states Dean Eller, President and CEO for the Central
California Blood Center. “Not only are members of these
organizations donating blood, but friends, family and the community
at-large can join in the good natured competition
while helping save lives.
This year the drive has an even deeper meaning and we are especially
grateful to all who participate and to also honor the two officers
who gave so very much.”
perpetual trophy for “Highest Percentage of Donors” (versus number
of employees) went to California Department of Fish and Game, and
the Fresno Police Department received the perpetual trophy for “Most
Donations Overall” – its 6th win in a row!
Also, the State Center Community College Police Department
won in the under 20 employee’s category.
All three trophies will,
again, be awarded to the winners of this year’s event.
category for “Most Donations from a Correctional Facility,” brings
fierce competition between administration and personnel from
Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, Coalinga State Hospital
Central, California Women’s Facility and Valley State Prison, in
Blood donation takes less than
one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a
minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old
with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to
donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good
meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their
donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and
Social Security Number are required at donor registration.
is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31
hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties
and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to
meet the needs of our Valley community.