Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Law enforcement, Singing River Health System, Jasper the K9, firefighters, and every day citizens were out in full force today, rolling up their sleeves and donating blood to The Blood Center, which is facing a critical need for donations.

The Battle of the Badges blood drive was hosted by the Gautier Rotary Club and will provide life-saving blood supplies to many throughout our region.

Badges and blood, plenty of that to go around at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in Gautier.

Among those on the front lines and first in line to donate was Gautier Police Chief Danny Selover. “We want to give back to the community. I think it’s my duty, and that’s why I’m here.”

It wasn’t the first time around the block for Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell either. “I’ve been giving blood since 1980, when I first went to work for the Pascagoula Police Department. That’s one of the traditional things we did on a regular basis. I just think it’s a wonderful thing. It’s great for our community to get out and show support, so let’s give to the Blood Center.”

Judge Jason Thornton is a card-carrying donor who was also among those who poured out to donate blood. He was glad to see people from all walks of life step up from civilians to firefighters to various local law enforcement agencies. “Anytime I can give, I am here. I’ve got my card in my pocket. It’s encouraging to see all of them come out and have the Battle of the Badges here.”

Gautier Rotary Club President Rico Borrazzo said, “We’re very blessed to have that. Rotary is about service above self, and we were able to go out and find folks who were overwhelmingly confident that we could make this a success.”

Donating is easy. It only takes a couple of minutes and for every donation, three lives could be saved. The Blood Center Coastal Region Coordinator Gina Necaise said, “Our inventory is low right now. We have an urgent need for all blood types, and we’re trying to help our neighbors in Texas and Arkansas.”

From blue lights to red blood bags, a concentrated effort that is sure to help drive down, at least to some degree, the critical need for blood right now.

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