Police win ’wildly successful’ blood drive

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Police win ’wildly successful’ blood driveHouchin Blood Bank’s “Battle of the Badges” in Ridgecrest last week had what Christina Scrivner, community development account manager for Houchin, termed a wildly successful blood drive! In just six hours, we registered 170 people and collected 137 units of blood!”

In the annual contest between law enforcement and fire and emergency medical services, the Law Enforcement team won this year’s contest. After trailing behind Fire/EMS all afternoon, several Ridgecrest police officers came in to donate in the last 20 minutes to contribute to a 67 to 60 win. Scrivner noted that some blood donors didn’t vote as they just couldn’t pick a favorite.

One donor, age 16, said he got the idea to give blood after doing volunteer work and seeing the need.

Another donor said she was donating for a friend who had recently been hospitalized. “I thought it would be a nice surprise for her,” the woman said. “I don’t know why more people don’t donate. It’s so easy.”

Donating a unit of blood for a specific patient can help lower the cost of a transfusion.

“A lot more people have come to this drive than have come to other mobile stations we’ve had,” said Kern County Firefighter Corey Milford.

This reporter donated blood for the first time at this event. The experience was surprisingly comfortable and ended with juice, snacks and smiles provided by Houchin, plus a warm feeling brought about by contributing a vital asset.

Story First Published: 2013-02-27