The first Battle of the Badges blood drive between the Stephenville Police Department and Stephenville Fire Department was a success, with a total number of 63 units of blood donated by the community.

“The support from the community was unbelievable,” said Chief of Police Dan Harris. “The target goal was around 45 or so, which would’ve been great, but that’s even better. We had more people want to donate than Carter Blood Services could handle.”

The police department won the battle with 33 units of blood donated while the fire department had 30.

“I want to thank the community, the fire department and police department members for all of the support they showed,” said Jason Halsey, assistant chief of police.

The Stephenville Police Department donated the remaining food from the blood drive to Foster’s Home for Children.

“It was in great spirit, great fellowship and great food,” Harris said.

Harris said he hopes that the Battle of the Badges blood drive will be a twice-a-year event. Visit the Stephenville Police Department Facebook page for updates on the next event.

“We couldn’t be more blessed and thankful by the turnout from the community,” he said. “Such a great cause at a time when blood supplies are definitely critically low because of COVID.”