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Counties roll up sleeves for blood donation battle

May 13, 2007

BY KEN KOSKY

Last year's Battle of the Badges -- a contest to see whether Porter County emergency responders and the residents they serve could donate more blood than their counterparts in Lake County -- ended with Lake County winning by one unit of blood.  But Porter County Sheriff David Lain predicts Porter County will win this year's contest.  In Porter County, the event is set for noon to 6 p.m. Monday at the Porter County Expo Center. In Lake County, people can donate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23 at the Gary Police Department or in the multipurpose room at the Lake County Government Complex in Crown Point.  Lain said residents are invited to donate blood during the fifth annual Battle of the Badges to show support for police officers, firefighters and medics. Lain said the event comes at a perfect time because the American Red Cross' blood supplies generally dip because of donors vacationing.  The need for blood also increases because people are injured more while driving and participating in recreational activities this time of year.  "It's kind of ironic when the reserves drop, the need is up," Lain said.  Patti Van Til, of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, said staff members in her department are excited about the blood drive.  "We would like to see the participation of the community," Van Til said. "The ultimate goal is to get the blood out to the Red Cross to help our community."  Lain, a blood donor since college, said he plans to donate during the Battle of the Badges.  The official name of the event, beginning this year, will be the Battle of the Badges, Chief Gary L. Martin Memorial Blood Drive. Former Lake County Police Chief Martin was killed while riding in a charity bicycle ride last year. Before his death, he was a promoter and supporter of the blood drive.  "I can't see this event coming up without thinking of Gary Martin," Lain said.  Blood donors can walk in on the day of the event.

 

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