‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive has first responders competing

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Some local officials are taking time this week to help save lives in a different way. For the next 11 days, Jackson’s own “Battle of the Badges” blood drive will have many donors picking sides. Every donor to Lifeline Blood Services is asked to pick a local first responders agency to “side with,” from organizations such as the Tennessee Highway Patrol to the Jackson Police Department. Local officials giving blood say it’s a great way to make sure they’re able to bring help to those who need it. “What we do for a living, we move fast to try to get people help when they’re in serious situations,” said Lt. Brad Wilbanks with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “I mean, we do our best, and when we do our absolute best and get them the care and help that they need, it would just be a travesty if there wasn’t blood there to save their life.” Battle of the Badges ends May 22.

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