“Battle of the Badges” blood drive underway in Springfield

Springfield Police and Fire Departments compete to see which side can get most blood donations

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some friendly competition started on Thursday, to encourage dozens of Springfield city employees and city hall visitors into giving blood. Giving a pint of blood made donors eligible to vote for either the police or fire department in Springfield’s second annual “Battle of the Badges.”

The Red Cross personnel found many familiar faces among the city employee blood donors. Mike Cass told 22News, for him giving blood is giving back. “Several years ago I needed 4 to 6 pints of blood,” he said. “I bled out, and I gave blood, and fortunately there was blood there for me to get.”

The fire department received the first annual trophy in 2016. This year’s winner will be revealed at the 2017 trophy presentation in a few weeks.

The American Red Cross says that there is a critical need for blood donations right now, as we are just coming off the slow holiday season. All types of blood are needed, with type O negative blood wanted in particular.

To schedule an appointment, call Caitlin Julius at (413) 787-6018.