Johnston County EMS Wins ‘Battle of the Badges’ Blood Drive Competition

Johnston County Emergency Medical Services won the American Red Cross Battle of the Badges blood drive competition between fire and police from the Town of Clayton and Johnston County’s emergency medical services personnel.

Johnston County EMS recruited the most blood donors, winning bragging rights and a traveling trophy.

“We’re grateful for all those who donated in the competition,” said Bruce Roberts of the Carolinas Blood Services Region. “For those battling serious medical conditions, the Battle of the Badges helps ensure blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.”

The Battle of the Badges blood drive was held June 11th at the McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton and collected a total of 44 pints of blood. Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition between first responder groups to encourage community members to donate blood or platelets.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or