Setting the scene for the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

They’ll be out for blood in Gautier tomorrow, but it’s all for a good, life-saving cause.

South Mississippi law enforcement, fire fighters, and other community leaders are setting the stage at Gulf Coast Gas in Gautier for tomorrow’s Battle of the Badges Blood Drive event.

Police, the sheriff’s department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, fire fighters, and others were on the scene at Gulf Coast Gas in Gautier Monday. They weren’t responding to a crisis, but rather a critical need, warming up and banding together for a blood drive set to take place at the gas station on Wednesday. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said, “We’ve had so many things going on in the last year, just here in our own hometown. We’ve had storms. We’ve had various issues come up on top of COVID. This will be a good time for everyone to come together and do something good for the community.”

The Blood Center Coastal Region Coordinator Gina Necaise said, “It’s a friendly competition between the fire and police. You’re going to have fun. You’re going to save up to three lives, and you’re going to get a T-shirt.”

A front row seat to quite the show including demonstrations from Jasper the K9, various law enforcement agencies, fire fighters and more. As well as a taste of Italy, all donors will receive a gift certificate to Roma’s Restaurant.

You don’t have to wear a badge to give blood. Anyone who lives in South Mississippi is urged to come on out, roll up your sleeve, and give blood. “This morning we saw a dip in our inventory. Right now, we have an urgent need for all blood types. Not only are we supplying the hospitals that we service, which includes the Singing River Health System, but we’re also trying to help Texas and Arkansas, our neighbors. We really, really need the donors to come out.”

Gautier Major Phil Torjusen said, “We just pray that you come out and give blood because It’s service above self. Look at all the first responders who are out here to help, so let’s come out and support them.”

You can do just that Wednesday at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive headed up by the Gautier Rotary Club and its president, Rico Borrazzo. The event is set to take place at the Gulf Coast Gas Station off Highway 90 in Gautier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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