‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive challenge set to take place next week

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Rockford Fire Department is set take on the City of Rockford Police Department during the annual ‘Battle of the Badges’ challenge.

The challenge is a joint effort to heighten awareness about the need for blood donations and to assist the Rock River Valley Blood Center in maintaining an adequate blood supply during the summer months, especially after a holiday weekend.

The challenge will run Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12.

The public is encouraged to take part in the challenge. When donors go in to give blood, they will pick which department they want their donation to support. Registered donors will receive a special edition t-shirt, while supplies last, donated by the police and fire unions.

Donors can donate blood at the two blood center locations in Rockford: 419 N. Sixth St. or 3605 N. Perryville Rd.

On Friday, July 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., donations will be collected at Blood Buses and a winner of the challenge will be announced.

Andrew Carrigan

Andrew Carrigan

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