Metro Police, Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department face off in Battle of the Badges blood drive
Local law enforcement and fire personnel compete to increase blood donations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 6, 2016) — Each day, they help save lives while on the job and now, they’re teaming up with the American Red Cross, Saint Thomas Health, a part of Ascension, and the Tennessee Titans to help save lives off the job. Join the Metro Nashville Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and Nashville Fire Department as they go head-to-head in a friendly competition to benefit hospital patients, by donating blood at the Saint Thomas Health “Give & Get” Battle of the Badges blood drive, hosted by the Tennessee Titans on Monday, July 18 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nissan Stadium, East, (located to the right of the Titans Stadium Pro Shop), 1 Titans Way, Nashville. DKMS, (formerly Delete Blood Cancer), will be on hand to register potential bone marrow donors and 104.5 The Zone will broadcast live.
All presenting donors will receive a free commemorative T-shirt, while supplies last. Additionally, presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win pairs of Tennessee Titans, Nashville Sounds & Music City Bowl tickets; a HDMX Bluetooth Speaker; 7” Android Tablet; Sony HD Headphones and Tactical and Hiking gift packages.
Honoring law enforcement and first responders, while helping to save lives through blood donation, is a long-standing tradition in Nashville. This drive marks an eight-year partnership with the Red Cross. "We are proud to be a sponsor of such an important, lifesaving event,” said Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall. The friendly competition has made this blood drive one of the largest in middle Tennessee and given us a greater awareness of the crucial role we all play in giving the gift of life."
The Battle of the Badges blood drive comes at an important time when the Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for donors to give now to help address a significant blood shortage and ensure area patients receive the transfusions they need. During the Independence Day holiday, many regular donors postponed giving blood due to vacation plans, further depleting an already low blood supply.
Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
How to donate blood
Schedule your appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting redcrossblood.org and using sponsor code: DavidsonBob. Walk-ins are welcome.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
Saint Thomas Health
Nick Paranjape, 615-284-1210
Lynne McCracken, 615-565-4347
Nashville Fire Department
Brian Haas, 615-880-2020
Metro Nashville Police Department
Don Aaron, 615-862-7306
Davidson County Sheriff’s Office
Karla R. West, 615-862-8235
Delete Blood Cancer
Kimberly Duncan, 917-952-2085
American Red Cross
Tiffany Taylor, 615-312-8448