'Battle of the Badges' encourages Sylvania authorities to donate blood

'Battle of the Badges' encourages Sylvania authorities to donate blood

SYLVANIA, OH (WTOL) - The Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and some local agencies jumped aboard to help.

Because of the Fourth of July holiday last week, the Red Cross faces a dire shortage of blood donors.

Two fire department officials in Sylvania hatched a plan to help out, and the "Battle of the Badges" was born.

Sylvania City Police, Sylvania Township Police, and Sylvania Township Fire Department are battling to see who can donate the most blood.

"Our two administrative assistants are the ones who kinda spearheaded this. And they came to us, and asked me to volunteer some time today, and I thought 'What better way to help out,'" said Shane Hillard, Sylvania Township Fire Inspector.

So far, fire has the most members coming out with around 40 percent of the department.

When asked if the Marathon Classic is keeping police from turning out, Fire Chief Mike Ramm said that he didn't think so.

"They get breaks. So I can't imagine why they couldn't take a few minutes out and come down. We have guys at the LPGA too," said Mike Ramm, Sylvania Township Fire Chief.

But at the end of the day, the departments think the real winners are those who need blood.

"Come on out, you never know, it could be you, it could be your family member, it could be you that needs help. And anyone that can come out, it's a good cause to help someone that's in need," said Jim Rettig, Sylvania Township Deputy Police Chief.

If you are interested in donating, contact The Red Cross to set up an appointment.

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