The trophy is a symbol of bragging rights for the blood drive’s two sponsors — the police department and the Tracy Fire Department.
It will be given to the department that receives the most blood donations on its behalf during the fifth annual event Friday, March 29, at the Tracy Community Center, 950 East St, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Watney said he sent the fire department an email stating that he accidentally misplaced the key to the trophy case, in case his department happens to lose.
The fire department responded with a picture of an ax.
“There’s always a friendly rivalry between the fire and police departments,” Watney said. “Everyone likes the fire department, and it must have killed them that we have won the last two years.”
Dave Bramell, a division chief for Tracy fire, said the department is ready to take back the trophy it held for the first two years of the drive.
“It’s a great event benefiting a great cause,” Bramell said. “We’re happy to take the trophy off their hands for a year and relieve them of that responsibility.”
At the most recent Battle of the Badges, the police pulled out the win, 42 donations to 38.
Watney said every unit of donated blood helps up to three people — so the past four drives could have helped as many 1,200 people.
The blood drive attracts nearly 100 donors a year and requires the assistance of the entire Delta Blood Bank mobile donation crew.
Donors should be in good health, be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.
Teenagers who are 16 years old can also donate but must weigh at least 115 pounds.
All donors must show a valid ID, and minors must have a signed permission slip.
It’s recommended that donors drink plenty of fluids and not skip any meals.
A free T-shirt from the police department and either a breakfast or lunch from the fire department will be provided for those who give blood.
To schedule a donation time, call Capt. Jeremy Watney, 831-6687.
Walk-in blood donors are also welcome.
For information: Delta Blood Bank, 888-942-5663 or www.deltabloodbank.org
Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.