Heroes Behind the Badges help community�s blood supply

Heroes Behind the Badges help communityâ�?�?s blood supply The third annual â�?�?Heroes Behind the Badgesâ�? blood drive helped the local blood supply, ensuring an adequate blood supply through January. The blood drive, held on Monday, Jan. 12, was a friendly competition between Vermillion law enforcement and the fire department. The departments put a good fight. In the end, it was the Vermillion Police Department winning a close victory with 26 donation votes versus the Vermillion Fire Department with 25 donation votes. During the blood drive, donors could designate their donations to the department of their choice. All the blood collected helped local area patients. â�?�?This event impacts the blood supply dramatically, usually when supplies are down, said Ken Versteeg, executive director, Community Blood Bank. â�?�?During the winter months, the blood supply continues to be challenged. We have seen a 25 percent decrease in donations due to illness and weather conditions. This event provides an opportunity for community members to save lives and honor their local heroes.â�? Community Blood Bank is a nonprofit cooperative effort between Sanford Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital. Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to Vermillion Hospital since 1993. For more information about Community Blood Bank, donating blood or to schedule a blood drive, log on to www.cbblifeblood.org. On behalf of Sanford Vermillion Hospital, Community Blood Bank thanks the over 50 volunteer blood donors making a difference in the Vermillion community. A person must be at least 17 years old, weight 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation.

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