Sioux Falls Police Department wins Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - UPDATE, January 4, 7 PM:

The Sioux Falls Police Department has won the Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive.

The department received 530 life-saving donations, just ahead of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue's 518.

The Community Blood Bank said the total 1,048 donations will help 3,144 patients.

The blood drive ran from December 26 - January 5. This is the 22nd year the departments have participated in the friendly competition.

Sioux Falls Police will give $700 to Special Olympic South Dakota, and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue will give $300 to the Children's Home Society.

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UPDATE, January 4: The blood drive competition is narrowing. With two days left, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has 380 donations, while the Police Department has 378 donations.

Organizers say a total of 758 donations have been given, which will help 2274 patients.

UPDATE, January 3, 2018: It's still a close competition between the Sioux Falls Police Department and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. But Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has pulled ahead with 322 donations on their behalf.

314 people have donated on behalf of the Sioux Falls Police Department. That's a total of 636 donations so far in the competition. Rita Nelson, a spokesperson for the Community Blood Bank, said that many donations will help 1,908 patients. Staff at the blood bank is very thankful for the donations so far.
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UPDATE, January 2, 2018: The Sioux Falls Police Department still holds a slight lead over Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. There have been 266 donations made for the police department and 263 donations for fire rescue.

A total of 529 patients have been helped by the efforts in the community. People can donate through the end of the week, January 5th.

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UPDATE, December 29: The Sioux Falls Police Department has taken over the lead from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue with 195 donations. There have been 187 donations given on behalf of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Community Bloodbank spokesperson Rita Nelson said the total of 382 donations given will help save 1,146 patients. The blood drive runs through January 5th.

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UPDATE, December 28: After two days of the Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue still holds a narrow lead over the Police Department.

319 donations have been given, which enough to help 957 patients, according to Community Blood Bank spokesperson Rita Nelson. 162 donations have been given on behalf of Fire Rescue, while 157 have been given on behalf of SFPD.

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UPDATE, December 27: More than 200 donations were given in the first day of the Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive.

Rita Nelson of the Community Blood Blank said Wednesday that firefighters got off to a slight lead in the first day with 107 donations, while police were just behind with 100 donations.

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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls Police Department are once again competing for a good cause.

The departments are participating in the 22nd annual Heroes Behind Badges Blood Drive, which ensures the community has the blood supply needed to treat patients during the holidays.

The department with the most blood donations will give $700 to the charity of its choice, and the second-place winner will give $300.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has chosen Children’s Home Society, and Sioux Falls Police Department has chosen Special Olympics of South Dakota.

The competition kicks off December 26 and will run through January 5. The public can donate blood at either the Sanford Medical Center or Avera McKennan Hospital and designate their donations to the department of their choice.

Donors will get a free t-shirt and a $5 gift certificate to Texas Roadhouse. They have to be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.

In addition to Sanford and Avera, donors can also visit these locations:

- The Original Pancake House, December 26 from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
- Camille's, December 26 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sioux Falls Police Department
- Midwest Communications, December 27 from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue or Sioux Falls Police Department
- Washington Pavilion, December 27 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue or Sioux Falls Police Department
- Hy-Vee on 10th Street, December 29 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue or Sioux Falls Police Department
- Scheels, December 29 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue or Sioux Falls Police Department
- Children's Home Society, January 2 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
- Argus Leader, January 3 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue or Sioux Falls Police Department
- Flyboy Donuts, January 3 from 6 a.m. - 10 a.m., Sioux Falls Police Department
- Firehouse Subs, January 3 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 3504 W. 41st Street or from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at 5200 Arrowhead Pkwy, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
- Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Headquarters, 2820 S. Minnesota Ave. from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
- Sioux Falls Police Department, 320 W. 4th Street from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sioux Falls Police Department