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'Heroes Behind the Badges' helps community blood supply

WORTHINGTON -- The seventh annual "Heroes Behind the Badges" blood drive last month ended with tremendous success.

The event, a friendly competition between Worthington/Nobles County law enforcement and Worthington Fire Department/EMS, concluded with Worthington Fire/EMS earning 46 donation votes versus 27 for Worthington/Nobles County Law Enforcement. A total of 72 community members participated in this blood drive event.

During the blood drive, donors could designate their donation to the department of their choice. Up to this point, the Worthington Fire Department/EMS have won the traveling trophy five times and Worthington/Nobles County Law Enforcement twice. All the blood collected helped local area patients.

"This was a terrific event," said Ken Versteeg, Executive Director, Community Blood Bank. "The summer is a very difficult time for the blood supply, primarily due to a decrease in donations and a consistent need for blood within the community. This was a very well attended event and will make a difference in many local patients' lives."

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to Sanford Worthington and 28 other local hospitals. For more information about blood drives, donating blood or how to schedule the bloodmobile log onto