Nashville's Families Encouraged to Support Battle of the Badges Blood Drive
July 15, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Steve Anderson today urged Nashvillians to strongly consider joining the police department’s team in donating blood to the American Red Cross this Friday as part of the annual Battle of the Badges campaign.
This July, as in prior summers, the Middle Tennessee blood supply is extremely low. To call attention to the shortage and help replenish inventory, the Metro Police Department is engaging in friendly competition with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and the Nashville Fire Department.
“We in the police department know the need is very real,” Chief Anderson said. “Persons injured in very serious automobile crashes or other tragedies in the coming days and weeks may well be relying on Nashville’s blood donors to help them survive.”
The Battle of the Badges blood campaign will take place this Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the West Club at LP Field (parking will be available in the stadium’s Lot S). Citizens are encouraged to join the police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters who will be donating blood on Friday and to check in as part of the police team.
The winner of the competition will retain the Battle of the Badges trophy for one year. The police department won in 2012 with the collection of 163 units of blood, compared to 136 units for the Sheriff’s Office and 57 units for the fire department.