Vermillion, SD- Vermillion Law Enforcement, EMS and Vermillion Fire Department will compete to see which department can recruit the most blood donors for the community’s blood supply during the annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive event.
This fun and friendly competition between the departments will be held on Monday, January 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center, with an additional opportunity on Saturday, February 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Sanford / USD School of Medicine (in conjunction with the Sanford Vermillion Health Fair). The public is encouraged to designate their blood donation in honor of the department of their choice. The department with the most donations will receive the traveling trophy and bragging rights for the year. All who donate will receive a certificate for a free medium pizza at Vermillion Pizza Ranch.
“This winter event has impacted thousands of patients’ lives at Sanford Vermillion throughout the years. During this time of year, blood supplies are at their lowest point and can be extremely difficult to maintain an adequate blood supply for the community,” states Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. “With the cold and flu season upon us, less people are eligible to give blood. We also see an increase in travel accidents creating a high need for blood products, data shows a steady increase in usage as we go through the winter season. This challenge between the departments provides the public a chance to say “thank you” to the Law Enforcement / EMS and Fire personnel and make a significant impact in many lives in the community.”