By Lt. Kirk Geringer, AA/PIO
Pleasant Valley State Prison
In the 13th Annual Battle of the Badges North Valley Blood Drive, the staff from Pleasant Valley State Prison stepped up to the challenge with 140 registrants, the most by any North Valley correctional facility.
The donations have a substantial impact on the availability of blood for accident victims, cancer patients and premature babies.
The Battle of the Badges began in 2007 in Southern California as an opportunity for badge-carrying personnel to help the community through a friendly blood drive competition. In six years, the program has grown into what has become one of the nation’s largest and most successful law-enforcement blood drive.