NORRISTOWN — Beginning Tuesday, the rematch is in gear.

The Montgomery County Commissioners have issued a repeat challenge to the Sheriff’s Office and Norristown’s Police and Fire departments to see who can recruit the most eligible blood donors during the Second Annual American Red Cross Battle of the Badges blood drive competition on June 11, between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb St., Norristown.

The drive is touted as a friendly competition among first responders to see who could recruit the most blood donors from their communities.

In 2018, those everyday heroes of the Norristown Police and Fire departments who routinely help folks in need, defeated the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office by 12 donations.

“We’re thrilled that Norristown first responders and Montgomery County personnel are teaming up once again for a friendly competition to help ensure patients have access to lifesaving blood," said Alana Mauger, external communications manager for Red Cross Blood Services. "Last year’s inaugural drive collected 82 units of blood, which helped up to 246 patients in our region and beyond. This year, we hope to collect even more. While all blood types are needed every day, right now there is a critical shortage of type O negative and O positive blood donations. Type O blood is especially important for trauma patients. O negative can be transfused to patients of any blood type and O positive can be transfused to patients with Rh positive blood.”

According to the Red Cross, only three out of 100 Americans donates blood. But every two seconds, someone needs it.

The organization pointed out that blood donors help save the lives of cancer patients, accident victims and those facing other ife-threatening conditions.

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