Rockford Fire and Police departments 'Battle of the Badges' drive challenge

The Rock River Valley Blood Center wrapped up the third annual “Battle of the Badges” blood drive challenge between the Rockford Police and Fire departments on Friday. The annual challenge helped to boost the local blood supply with more than 160 donors signing up to donate on behalf of the departments.

Special edition t-shirts were given to all those who registered to give blood on behalf of the fire or police departments.

This year’s challenge was held in memory of police officer Ed Ritter and firefighter Tyler Kinison.

“Battle of the Badges 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 supply throughout the summer months,” said Jennifer Bowman, RRVBC, PR manager.

From the Sept. 6-12, 2006, issue

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