Blood donors needed for Battle of the Badges


Ellis County EMS Director Kerry McCue has donated blood during every Battle of the Badges.

By Becky Kiser

Hays Post

Blood donations for the 11th annual Battle of the Badges in Hays are slower than in previous years.

Donor Recruitment Representative Cathy Younger says 121 pints of blood have been collected as of Wednesday.

The goal is 254, which includes blood drives at several local businesses.

So far, the Law Enforcement sector has the most votes with 33, the Fire Department has 28 and EMS has 26 votes.

“Battle of the Badges” continues through the end of the month.

The American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 208 E. 8th Street, is open the following hours:


Blood donors vote for their favorite First Responder group. The winners will be awarded the traveling trophy next month during an FHSU basketball game.

Friday, December 20                      9-4

Monday, December 23                  Closed

Tuesday, December 24                  8-1

Wednesday, December 25          Closed

Thursday, December 26                11-6

Friday, December 27                      9-4

Monday, December 30                  Closed

Tuesday, December 31                  8-1

To make an appointment for a blood donation during Battle of the Badges, or any time, visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

  • HaysCitizen

    Proud to have given a blood donation on behalf of the EMS! :]

  • Jamie DeVriend

    That’s a clever theme for a blood drive! I’m curious to see what the outcome is. Not only are these people heroes in their day jobs, but they’re heroes by donating blood and saving more lives. Blood donations are so critical, and the number of donors drops off during the holidays. Kudos to these volunteers!