THE RESULTS ARE IN FOLLOWING THE 10TH ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE
BADGES BLOOD DRIVE:
FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT CAPTURES
AN EIGHTH WIN WHILE THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME IS
CELEBRATING ITS THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN
A whopping 2,779 donors turned out to give blood for the 10th
annual event – that’s 471 more than last year.
The Fresno Police Department brought in the highest number of
donors overall while the California Department of Fish and Game had the
highest percentage (of blood donors versus staff size).
The State Center Community College District Police Department won
in the under 20 staff category while Cal Fire in Madera County walked
away with the award for largest number of donors in Madera County with
Mariposa County Fire Department winning largest number of donors in
Mariposa County. The staff
at Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, gave the most
donations from a correctional facility – it’s second win!
VALLEY, CA – The Central
California Blood Center would like to thank all donors from the
community who took part, as well as the administration and departments
of the various law enforcement agencies and other badge carrying
emergency personnel. That’s
because the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to
ensure our safety annually face off in a friendly competition to save
lives by giving of themselves, literally, and donating blood before the
busy Memorial Day Weekend.
It was all part of the 10th Annual Battle of the Badges Blood
Drive. As in past years,
Firefighters, Police, Forestry, Sheriff, Corrections, Fish & Game,
Highway Patrol and other badge-carrying emergency personnel competed for
bragging rights, and a perpetual trophy.
And, this year, the
winners were the Fresno Police Department, who won the “Most Donors
Overall” award, California Department of Fish and Game who received the
“Highest Percentage of Donors” award and the State Center Community
College District who had the most donors in the “Under 20” category.
In the “Largest Number of Donors in Madera County” competition -
Cal Fire Madera County won while the winner of “Largest Number of Donors
in Mariposa County” is Mariposa County Fire Department.
The winner of the “Most Donations from a Correctional Facility”
award goes to the staff of Central California Women’s Facility in
The Blood Center
would also like to offer special thanks to CBS Channel 47 for their
sponsorship of this life-saving competition.
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.
California Blood Center 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.