A first-time Battle of the Badges blood drive in North Haven took place Friday, Sept. 20. Hosted by the fire department at Northeast Company No. 4 at 366 Washington Ave., the event provided firefighters and police officers with some friendly competition while donating to a good cause.
However, in the end, victory went to the firefighters, who were able to bring 18 people to donate. The police department brought in 11.
“We’re crushing them,” Deputy Fire Chief-Operations/Deputy Fire Marshal Scott Martus quipped. “The support from the community is great. We’re almost over 30 donors, which is great.”
The blood drive was held in collaboration with the Red Cross. The North Haven Women’s Club showed up to provide food and beverages to those who donated blood.
“A lot of our service is orientated to the community,” said club President Pam Lerner.
In the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Dorian, blood donations are vital. According to Brookhaven National Laboratory, one pint of blood can save the lives of three people.
“It’s one of those things where you drive by and you’re like ‘whatever.’ But it took 20 minutes and my one pint of blood in 20 minutes could arguably save three lives,” Martus said.