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Agencies engage in ‘Battle of Badges’ blood drive

Posted: January 30, 2013 4:39 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2013 4:39 p.m.

Blood collection tech Nicole Pena, left, chats with EMT Joshua Pierce as he donates blood Wednesday during the "Battle of the Badges" blood drive. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

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Law enforcement, medical and fire officials are currently locked in a bloody battle for donation dominance.

Local public safety agencies compete annually in “The Battle of the Badges” to see who can collect the most blood donations in a month.

The event, organized by the American Red Cross, runs until Feb. 16 this year.

One agency, the ambulance firm American Medical Response, is holding one of its drives until 8 p.m. today at 24907 Avenue Tibbitts in Valencia.

Josh Pierce, a College of the Canyons student and emergency medical technician, as well as a CPR instructor with American Medical Response, organized today’s drive.

As of 3:30 p.m., Pierce said, 55 people had donated a total of 40 pints of blood. The turnout is already higher than last year’s, Pierce said.

The goal is to collect 50 pints of blood by the time the drive ends.

The Battle of the Badges area in which American Medical Response is competing includes most of Southern California, along with small portions of Arizona and Nevada.

Pierce said events like this give participants the chance to, literally, give back to the community.
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