LOCAL NEWS

American Red Cross, first responders team up for ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood donation event

Dec 11, 2023, 4:52 PM | Updated: Dec 12, 2023, 6:49 am

SPANISH FORK — The American Red Cross is making a plea for more blood donations to keep up with the overwhelming demand. The organization said the holidays are always difficult to get people out because they have so much going on.

That’s why the Red Cross teamed up with Emergency Management Services in Spanish Fork to create a friendly competition between police and firefighters. The hope is to try and get more people out to donate.

They call it the “Battle of the Badges.”

“We try to do anything we can to engage the community to make it fun while we are saving lives at the same time. Each unit of blood has the ability to save three lives,” said Benjamin Donner, executive director of the American Red Cross, Central and Southern Utah Chapter. “There are so many activities going on at the same time. We got holiday parties, we got work things, we got personal things. Some take vacations or even bad weather. All of that combines against us as we hold these drives.”

Two blood donors at the 'Battle of the Badges' event.

Two blood donors at the ‘Battle of the Badges’ event. (KSL TV)

It allows for residents like Nick Peck to get involved in the action.

“I voted for the police,” Peck said. “I think, for me, it’s a chance to give back. Anytime I can help out.”

“I voted for fire and EMS,” added Brianna Wells, another resident. “I’m a nurse by profession, so I chose EMS, close enough.”

Spanish Fork’s emergency manager, Trevor Sperry, said it makes a huge difference when you make it a competition.

“When you bring in the names of our public safety police, fire and ambulance people are more advantageous to come out and support,” he said.

By the end of the day, Sperry said firefighters pulled off the win. They will take home the Battle of the Badges trophy, which they will display in their department until next year’s competition.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

FILE — Police lights. (KSL TV)...

Carlysle Price

Girl died after golf cart crash, police plead with parents

A 13-year-old girl died from injuries after she fell out of a golf cart on July 3, police plead with parents to keep kids safe.

1 hour ago

FILE: A Summit County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle. (KSL TV)...

Carlysle Price

Man assaulted wife and fled, located in Montana

A man police said assaulted his wife and fled Monday was located in Montana Tuesday morning.

2 hours ago

As we head into a big, busy day with an Olympic announcement and hopeful celebration, marathon, and...

Karah Brackin

With a spike in deadly crashes this summer, officials urging drivers to use caution

As we head into a big, busy day with an Olympic announcement and hopeful celebration, marathon, and a holiday on top of all that, Utah officials are urging everyone to pay attention behind the wheel.

3 hours ago

A small hydrothermal explosion damaged a boardwalk near the Biscuit Basin thermal area, July 23, 20...

Carlysle Price

Hydrothermal explosion closes basin at Yellowstone National Park

Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park temporarily closed, after a "small hydrothermal explosion" Monday morning.

3 hours ago

Utah Fire Info reported Tuesday afternoon that a new 
wildfire has started up on Antelope Island. (...

Shelby Lofton

New wildfire breaks out on Antelope Island

Utah Fire Info reported Tuesday afternoon that a new fire has started up on Antelope Island.

4 hours ago

A party to celebrate the start of Olympic Games took place in Riverton Monday night. (KSL TV)...

Debbie Worthen

Riverton party kicks off excitement around Olympic Games and IOC announcement

A party to celebrate the start of Olympic Games took place in Riverton Monday night.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

American Red Cross, first responders team up for ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood donation event