Red Cross Announces Winner of Battle of the Badges Competition

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Local Ventura County first responders compete to raise blood donations for the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross serving Ventura County is proud to announce the Ventura County Sherriff’s Office as the winner of the 2014 Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.

Now in its 2nd year, the friendly competition pits area law enforcement and fire departments against each other, as blood donors vote on their favorite first responders. This year, law enforcement won with 25 votes, with the Ventura County Fire Department coming in a close second with 18 votes.

The Blood drive which was held January 21 & 22 collected 71 pints of blood which will ultimately save up to 213 lives. Each day, the Red Cross must collect enough blood to meet patient needs at hundreds of local hospitals and trauma centers.

“The generous support of all of our badge carrying agencies throughout Ventura County enables us to have life-saving blood ready to go for those who need it,” said Jim McGee, CEO of the Red Cross serving Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. “Thank you to all of our first responders who go above and beyond every day to build a safer and stronger community.”

About the American Red Cross Ventura County:

The American Red Cross of Ventura County is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from Ventura County residents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at www.redcross.org/ventura or call us at 805-987-1514.