‘Heroes Behind the Badges’ boost community blood supply

'Heroes Behind the Badges' boost community blood supply
The first annual "Heroes Behind the Badges" blood drive was held in Vermillion Jan. 26, and deemed a great success.

The drive was a friendly competition between the Vermillion Fire Department and the Vermillion Police Department.

Each department put up a good fight, and at the end of the day, the fire department was declared winner of the contest with 27 donation votes. The police department received 10 donation votes.

During the blood drive, donors could designate their donation to the department of their choice. All the blood collected helped local area patients.

"This was a great event," said Ken Versteeg, executive director of the Community Blood Bank in Sioux Falls. �During the winter months, the blood supply continues to be challenged. Decreases in donations are due to illness and weather conditions. The need for blood within the community continues to be consistent. This was a well-attended blood drive and will help save local patients� lives.�

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital and 28 other local hospitals.

The blood bank expresses thanks to the 37 blood donors who helped make a difference in the local blood supply.

A person must be at least 17 years old, weight 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of donation.

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