McPherson’s first responders spend their days helping others. With saving lives their top priority, first responders are helped to bolster the community’s blood supply this summer during the 16th annual “Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.”

“We are so indebted to our community’s first responders for their continued commitment to helping with blood collection as we enter fall, “said Tia Bodine, account manager, Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive remains an important way for area residents to support these local heroes and help save a life by giving blood.”



The McPherson County Sheriff’s Department, McPherson Emergency Medical Services, McPherson Fire Department and McPherson Police Department competed to see who could recruit the most blood donors. 

Everyone who gave blood receivee a Red Cross T-shirt  and was able to cast a vote to determine who would win this year’s bragging rights. 

Results of the competition were not available Tueday afternoon. The two-day event wrapped up Tuesday.