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Stephens County Sheriff’s Office wins 2020 Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Stephens County Sheriff’s Office wins 2020 Battle of the Badges Blood Drive
August 06
18:03 2020

This year’s winner of the fourth annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, sponsored by the Breckenridge Rotary Club, was the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, which won the award for the first time.

For the first three years of the friendly competition between the Sheriff’s Office, the Breckenridge Fire Department and the Breckenridge Police Department, the fire department took home the plaque.

Each year, the Rotary Club hosts the three-day blood drive with Carter BloodCare. This year, they collected 51 units of blood in Breckenridge, said Colleen Horan, a consultant with Carter BloodCare. A unit of blood can save or enhance up to three lives, so that would be more than 150 lives touched.

“We always need lots of blood in the summer because we don’t have our high school and colleges running so we do something fun,” Horan said.

Stephens County Sheriff Will Holt accepted the plaque for the Sheriff’s Office at the Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the citizens who donated blood back in June for the Battle of the Badges event,” Holt said later. “We especially thank those who donated in the name of the Sheriff’s Office, to help us win the competition over BPD and BFD. This is a friendly rivalry event that we encourage all of the community to get on board with next year.

“Additionally, Carter BloodCare Center advised that numerous blood drive events have been cancelled to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” he continued. “Because of this, the blood supply is getting dangerously low. They encourage people to donate on an individual basis, and really need high schools in the state to host their annual blood drives to keep supply at an optimal level.”

Prior to announcing the winner of the Battle of the Badges, Horan spoke to the Rotary Club about the role Carter BloodCare is playing in the fight against COVID-19. Click here to read more on that topic.


Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office won the 2020 Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, hosted by the Breckenridge Rotary Club and Carter BloodCare. Stephens County Sheriff Will Holt (right) holds an award presented to the department by Colleen Horan with Carter BloodCare, along with Breckenridge Police Sgt. John Green and Breckenridge Rotary President Yuri Huntington. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


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