Press release from the Eureka Police Department:

From July 20 – 24, 2020, the Northern California Community Blood Bank (NCCBB) held the 3rd Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. We had 18 different agencies represented either as donors or by having a community member donate on their behalf.

Pictured: Captain Brian Stephens of the Eureka Police Department literally opens up his veins and bleeds for his community. Photo: EPD.

A total of 184 donors were seen over the week. This was only four less donors compared to last year’s record breaking one day blood drive. These donations will push the blood bank through the entire summer.

The Eureka Police Department took the trophy for the second year in a row with 62 donors. The results are listed below:

  • Eureka PD: 62
  • HCSO: 44
  • Arcata PD: 16
  • Blue Lake Rancheria: 13
  • Fortuna PD: 7
  • District Attorney: 7
  • CHP: 6
  • Humboldt Bay Fire: 6
  • Cal Fire: 4
  • Fortuna Fire: 4
  • Rio Dell PD: 3
  • Probation: 2
  • Police Academy: 2
  • Welfare Fraud: 2
  • EMS: 2
  • Hydesville Fire: 2
  • Arcata Fire: 1
  • DHHS: 1

From Captain Stephens, “On behalf of the men and women of the Eureka Police Department we are honored and humbled to win the 2020 Battle of the Badges. I would like to thank everyone who came out and donated on behalf of our agency. I would also like to thank everyone who donated throughout the event and supported the various Public Safety agencies. I was there off and on throughout the event and the support was overwhelming. The 184 donations this year is only 4 off our total from last year and given the changes to our lives caused by the pandemic, I couldn’t be prouder of our community and our Public Safety agencies for stepping up, stepping out and donating the gift of life. These donations could potentially be used to save the lives of 552 people in need of this vital life source.

I would like to thank and recognize Dee Valle, Donor Recruiter, for helping coordinate all our events as well as donor recruitments throughout our county and beyond. I would also like to give a huge shout out to the absolutely amazing staff at the Northern California Community Blood Bank for your hard work, incredible hospitality and amazing attitudes. I truly enjoy our time together at events or when donating on my own. Your work saves lives every day! We look forward to seeing you all again, as well as all our supportive donors and maybe some new donors, at our 2021 Battle of the Badges Round 4.”