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Rochester Fire Department Seeks Support in Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

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Chief Mark Klose and the Rochester Fire Department are pleased to announce that they are competing against the Rochester Police Department in the Battle of the Badges blood drive, and hope residents will donate blood in support of the fire department.

WHEN:

Friday, July 13, from 2-7 p.m.

WHERE:

East Rochester School cafeteria, 773 Portland St.

WHO:

  • Rochester Fire Department
  • Rochester Police Department

WHAT:

Rochester’s firefighters and police officers have challenged each other to a Battle of the Badges blood drive, with both departments vying to have the most pints of blood donated on their behalf.

This friendly competition will help offset the shortage of blood that typically occurs in the summer months.

“Donating blood can help fulfill a crucial need and save lives,” Chief Klose said. “While we hope residents will support our department when they donate, the most important thing is that they come and make a donation to help people in need.”

Anyone can take part in the contest and give blood to help the departments reach their goal of receiving donations from 62 people.

Just one unit can save up to three lives and the donation process typically lasts less than an hour.

The department with the most pints donated will win a trophy and bragging rights, at least until next year’s competition comes around.

Those interested in donating may call Fire Department Secretary Jessica Gray at 603-335-7545, email her at [email protected] or visit the Rochester Battle of the Badges page to schedule an appointment. Donors can streamline the process by clicking here to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of their appointment. Walk-ins are welcome as well.

If you are unable to give, you can still volunteer to support the drive. Volunteers can sign up by contacting Gray.

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