LINCOLN–(KFOR July 19)–Battle of the Badges is underway, where Lincoln Fire and Rescue is looking to 3-peat as the title holder for getting more support in blood donations to the Nebraska Community Blood Bank.

Fire Chief Micheal Despain joined Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister and others involved on Friday morning to kick start the third annual blood drive that helps raise awareness on the importance of donating blood.  It challenges first responders to help bring the community together in a series of blood drives from July 19 through August 31.

During registration, blood donors can fill out a Count Me In Card and show if they are donating blood to LPD or LFR.  The department with the most donations wins the competition, gets a traveling trophy and bragging rights, while the losing department will be on a picnic shelter doing clean-up duty for Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

LFR Chief Micheal Despain (left), Erica Busta with the Nebraska Community Blood Bank and LPD Chief Jeff Bliemeister talk about Battle of the Badges blood drive on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Jeff Motz/KFOR News)

Below are times and places of Battle of the Badges blood drive.

Battle of the Badges Kick-Off
Blood Drive
July 19
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Tower Square
1300 P Street, Lincoln


School Resource Officer
Summer Reunion Blood Drive
August 2
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Antelope Park
1650 Memorial Drive, Lincoln

LPD/Public Building Commission
Blood Drive
August 13
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lincoln Police Department Public
575 South 10th Street, Lincoln

Battle of the Badges at Sam’s
Club South
August 22
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM Sam’s Club South
8480 Andermatt Drive, Lincoln

LFR Station #1 Blood Drive August 28
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM LFR Station #1
1801 Q Street, Lincoln