Out for blood: Local law enforcement, firefighters and EMS compete in blood-drive competition

The American Red Cross Battle of the Badges is back — a friendly competition in which local law enforcement “battle” it out with local firefighters and EMS, competing recruit the most people to donate blood.

This year’s battle is being held in honor of Buncombe County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Robinson. The 25-year-old was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in the fall and is currently undergoing treatments at Mission Health.

“Deputy Robinson exemplifies honor and commitment to this community and we would like to give something back in his honor while he is battling this disease,” said Buncombe Lt. Helen Hall.

The event is a friendly way to encourage community members to join local heroes and perform a heroic duty of their own. All presenting donors at the blood drive will get to cast their vote for the winner of this year’s competition.

“EMS, fire and law enforcement know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available during emergencies,” says Stacy Taylor, Donor Recruitment Representative of the American Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This is their chance to join forces and partner with the Red Cross to encourage the community to take on the civic responsibility of blood donation.”

The Battle of the Badges blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Asheville. To set up your donation, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code avlbattleofbadges, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). — from The American Red Cross


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