October 7, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - The blood drive challenge is back between Beavercreek's men and women in blue. The Beavercreek Township Fire Department and Beavercreek Police Department will co-sponsor the seventh annual "Battle of the Badges Blood Drive" Monday, Oct. 18 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 3530 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek. 

Everyone who registers to donate can cast a vote for police or firefighters.  They will also receive the Community Blood Center "Cancer Fighters are the GOAT" t-shirt, honoring October Breast Cancer Awareness Months. Appointments are encouraged. Schedule online at or call (937) 461-3220.

Fire Chief David VandenBos and Police Chief Jeff Fiorita kicked off recruiting for the blood drive with a publicity photo. Volunteers will continue the tradition of serving award-winning firehouse chili to donors in the Donor Café, plus "cop shop" donuts, courtesy of Glazed Doughnut Shop in Xenia.

The firefighters have been hard to beat, topping the vote count in four of the first five blood drives. Police turned the tide in 2019 with a 54-46 win. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which sidelined the competition in 2020.

"No matter the outcome of Battle of the Badges, the true winners are those who benefit from the generous gift of the donors," said Beavercreek Administrative Professional Tori King, who is helping coordinate the return of the blood drive.

The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive offers the opportunity to donate platelets and plasma. These blood components vitally important for the treatment of cancer patients, as well as trauma, transplant, and burn patients.

Nearly one fourth of the blood supply goes to cancer patients, higher blood component usage than any other disease. Cancer patients need blood because chemotherapy and radiation treatments can damage bone marrow, reducing their red cell and platelet production. Complex surgical procedures for cancer also require transfusions.

Call (937) 461-3220 to learn how you can help.