Battle of the Badges Blood Drive

Staff members from the Fortuna Police Department participated alongside allied agencies today in an effort to contribute to the greater good and to give something back to those in need. Several members from Fortuna P.D. spent time today donating much needed whole blood during the third round of the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is a fun and competitive based program which also encourages the members of our communities to go and donate blood on behalf of their favorite law enforcement organization.

During just a one hour period this morning, Police Officers, Emergency Communication Dispatchers and Community Service Officers, as well as other staff members from Fortuna P.D. and many other allied agencies had already lined up to donate blood.  

This Battle of the Badges program includes a weeklong event that encourages members of first responder agencies and community members to step up and donate blood for use by those who might be in need.

According to Northcoast Community Blood Bank Donor Recruiter Dee Vallee, “Whole blood donations are in great need.”  She adds that, “Donations are especially needed during the summer months” when many people who would otherwise donate are on vacation, and out of high school, college, university, or otherwise hindered from donating because of COVID-19. Vallee also said that there is an increased need now as many surgical procedures have resumed.

Donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate whole blood.  Type O negative blood is especially sought after because it can be used for people with any of the other blood types needing blood.

Fortuna Police Chief Casey Day is encouraging everyone who can to participate and sign up for an appointment at the Northern California Community Blood Bank website, and mention the agency that you are donating on behalf of.  The event continues through July 24 2020. Dates, times, and locations can be found on the Fortuna Police Department’s Facebook Page. 

You can reach the blood bank by calling (707) 443-8004 or going to their website at