A friendly competition between first responders will benefit dozens of people all in the name of blood.

“Battle of the Badges” is Friday with a blood drive at Pritchard Co­mmunity Center in Eliza­beth­town.

The blood drive is from 2 to 7 p.m.

Those who take part and designate which agency to represent also will receive a special “Battle of the Badges” T-shirt. The Elizabethtown Police Department, Elizabethtown Fire Department and Hardin County Emergency Medical Services are contending for the title.

EPD spokesman Chris Denham called it “a friendly competition.” He said aiding those in need is the goal of the blood drive.

“Summer is always a time when blood supplies are at the lowest,” Denham said. “We ask the public to come out and join us.”

According to the Kentucky Blood Center, “A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. A premature newborn baby can need up to 4 pints of blood while in intensive care and coronary bypass surgery can use up to five pints.”

The American Red Cross recently announced a critical shortage of type O blood and has urged anyone with type O blood to become a donor. All other blood types also are needed, according to the organization website.

Pritchard Community Center is at 404 S. Mulberry St.

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