First responders recruiting donors for Battle of the Badges blood drive


    Grand Island and Kearney law enforcement and fire personnel often arrive first at emergencies, always ready to help. Now, they'll help ensure blood is available during medical emergencies by partnering with the American Red Cross for the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.

    During the blood drive, the Grand Island Fire Department, Grand Island Police Department, Kearney Fire Department and Kearney Police Department will compete to see who can recruit the most blood donors. Everyone who comes to give blood can cast a vote to determine who will win this year’s bragging rights.

    “Thanks to first responders for not only keeping the community safe, but also helping with blood collection this spring,” said Jeremy Aupperlee, Midwest Blood Services Region account manager. “The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive offers a way for Grand Island and Kearney residents to support our local heroes and help save lives by giving blood.”

    Tuesday, June 12, 1-7 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 13, 1-7 p.m.

    Law Enforcement Center Community Room, 111 Public Safety Drive, Grand Island

    Co-op Banquet Hall, 115 E. 21st St., Kearney

    All who come out to donate will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. To make an appointment, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or download our Blood Donor App and use sponsor code battle of the badges.

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