SAVANNAH, GA. (July 3, 2014): Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police along with emergency service providers throughout Chatham County will challenge each other while serving the community in an American Red Cross blood drive dubbed, the “Battle of the Badges.”
Hosted by SCMPD’s Communications Division, the goal is to receive 35 pints of blood. All donors will have the chance to cast their vote for their favorite type of public safety organization in Chatham County. Voters will choose from three categories: police, fire or EMS. The type of agency receiving the most votes will be recognized with a presentation by the American Red Cross.
SCMPD Communications Division Commander, Lt. Jeff Olson said, “There’s never anything wrong with a little friendly competition, especially for a cause like this one.” Olson continued, “Overall, we’re expecting this event to be a huge success. I look forward to seeing which group wins. At the end of the day we’re all helping the community we serve.”
Attendees can expect appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog and the American Red Cross’s mascot. Metro’s mobile command post, a Savannah Fire Department ladder truck, a Southside EMS ambulance and the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on site.
The event is free and open to the public. Members of the community desiring to give blood can schedule an appointment at http://www.redcrossblood.org or by calling (912) 652-6589.
The Battle of the Badges is slated for Thursday, July 10, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Savannah Morning News overflow parking lot on Police Memorial Drive.