BATTLE OF THE BADGES
The first annual Battle of the Badges is OVER and it was a big success!! The
final score is 2,053 for the Sheriff's Deputies and 1,540 for the Police
Officers. The Orlando Police Department and the St. Cloud Police Department had
a great last day. OPD collected 22 units and St. Cloud PD collected 37 units.
That's a great way to wrap up the Battle. The Orange, Osceola and Seminole
County Sheriff's offices are the big winners in the 2009 Battle of the Badges.
We will be making a presentation to the Sheriff's offices Wednesday, September
16 at 10AM at Florida's Blood Centers headquarters, 8669 Commodity Circle.
Congratulations to the "Green" team. Remember that the true winners are the
lives saved in Central Florida.
We are also grateful to the Co-Chairs of the Battle of the Badges, Orlando
Police Chief Val Demings and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. The first
couple of law enforcement rallied the troops and made this blood drive such a
The total of 3,593 units given in the “Battle”, amounts to over 10,000 lives
impacted by these donations!! Every unit of blood has impacted the lives of
people right here in Central Florida- cancer patients who need platelet
transfusions, people who may have had emergency surgery or who could have been a
trauma patient. Or it could have been someone having routine surgery. Thank you
all for being Local Heroes Saving Lives!
Battle of the Badges-Support Florida Blood Centers
Florida's Blood Centers is spearheading a lifesaving event during the month of
August called the Battle of the Badges.
The Battle of the Badges will run from August 3 through August 31, 2009, and is
a competition between sheriff and police agencies in Orange, Osceola and
Any employee can donate blood between August 3 and August 31, 2009, at any
Florida's Blood Centers location or on any Big Red Bus, to register their vote
for the Orlando Police Department.
Employees can recruit friends and family to donate blood for the Orlando Police
Department at any location or Big Red Bus. Make sure that the friend or family
member tells the blood center employee that they are donating for OPD.
The Battle of the Badges will be updated during the month to show the running
total of locations from the three sheriff's agencies verses the police
departments in the tri-county region. The updates will be tracked at
After the month-long blood drive ends on August 31, donations will be totals and
either the sheriff's offices or the police departments will be declared the
winner of the 2009 Battle of the Badges and will be awarded a trophy. Each
agency on the winning team will receive a trophy and will be recognized as
winners in the 2009 Battle of the Badges.
The Big Red Bus is scheduled to be at OPD on Monday, August 31, 2009 from 1000
hours to 1600 hours for the closing finale of the Battle of the Badges. Enjoy a
little friendly competition and help save some lives at the same time.