Valdosta > FD & PD Host 2nd Annual Guns vs Hoses Blood Drive

| June 20, 2015

Blood-Drive

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Fire and Police Departments will host the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges — Guns vs. Hoses — Blood Drive on Thursday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Valdosta City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, located at 300 N. Lee Street.

The friendly interdepartmental competition, which is open to the public, seeks to aid the American Red Cross in their life-saving efforts.

“Saving lives is what we do,” Valdosta Fire Chief Freddie Broome said. “This competitive blood drive allows us to have a little fun while contributing to a vital need in our community.”

City employees, retirees, and their family members and friends, as well as members of the general public, are invited to give the gift of life at the event. Blood donors will be asked when they arrive which team they support for the competition.

Last year’s event received overwhelming community support, bringing in 91 units of blood – the most ever collected at a City of Valdosta blood drive. At that competition, the VPD beat the VFD by only three units of blood, 47 to 44. This year, Public Safety personnel seek to bring in over 100 units for the cause.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about which team wins,” Valdosta Chief of Police Brian Childress said. “It’s really about ‘Team Valdosta’ pitching in to help our own in times when people need us the most.”

Both chiefs expressed their desires for a large citizen turnout. The team who attracts the most donors — either the Guns or the Hoses — will earn bragging rights and the coveted trophy. The other team will be required to wash a number of safety vehicles. When all is said and done, the American Red Cross and the recipients of the donations will be the true winners.

Registration is encouraged but not required. To make an appointment, citizens may visit www.redcrossblood.org, and enter keyword: cityval. For more information, call the Valdosta Fire Department at (229) 333-1836 or the Valdosta Police Department at (229) 293-3102.

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