ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Donating blood saves lives, and that’s a fact that rescue workers are all too aware of.
“Battle of the Badges” is an annual competition between law enforcement, firefighters, and ambulance service personnel to see which branch can donate the most blood.
The winners this year are the first responders from the Mayo Clinic Ambulance service.
Their team donated 221 units of blood.
A total of 538 units were collected by the end of the competition.
A trophy was presented to the ambulance service workers by Mayo Clinic’s Blood donor program.
“There is no substitution for any type of blood product,” said Kate Arms, a Mayo Clinic Ambulance Assistant Supervisor. “On our trauma patients, we know that one of the number one priorities of getting them to the emergency department is because they need that blood replacement. And so, it’s so encouraging to see how many people came out to give blood, and we just know our patients are going to benefit from that.”
Last year’s competition was won by local fire departments.
Anyone who wants to schedule a blood donation should visit Mayo Clinic’s Blood Donor Program website.