The Metro Nashville Police Dept. was declared the winner of the 2019 Music City Battle of the Badges, presented by Saint Thomas Health/ Ascension held at the Nissan Stadium. After an intense competition in which 861 lifesaving blood donations were collected, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office received 399 votes, the Nashville Fire Department received 274 votes and the Metro Nashville Police Department received 260 votes. Sheriff Daron Hall and Director Chief William Swann donated their votes to Chief Steve Anderson and the Metro Nashville Police Dept. in honor of Officer John Anderson who died in the line of duty July 4. (All presenting donors were allowed to vote for their favorite badge during the competition).
The Battle of the Badges is a friendly competition between first responder groups to encourage community members to donate blood or platelets. While the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office recruited the most donors, the Metro Nashville Police Department received all 933 votes cast by blood drive participants and will be presented the traveling plaque in memory of Officer Anderson.
“I’m impressed by the numbers that came in this year by all three agencies,” said Sheriff Hall. “Please remember the family and friends of Officer John Anderson, and all the people who wear the blue uniform who are going through a tough day and night.”
First responders know firsthand how important it is to have blood readily available for emergencies.
“We understand that sacrifice costs you something, and Officer Anderson made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Director Chief Swann. “This is only befitting for us to give this lifesaving blood to a deserving department, because all of us are one. The ultimate goal of the Battle of the Badges is for us to come together to give blood, not just today but all year long. Tragedy doesn’t stop. It’s continuous and every day. I’m happy to join Sheriff Hall in giving our units to the Police Department.”
Summer can be a challenging time to meet the constant demand for lifesaving blood and platelet donations. Regular donors may be less available to give due to holiday activities and summer vacations.
“We’re grateful for all those who donated in this year’s competition,” said Tiffany Taylor, external communications manager of the Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “Officer Anderson’s legacy will live on through his family, friends, fellow officers, and the patient lives touched through the generous donations made in his honor.”
The annual Music City Battle of the Badges comes as the Red Cross is facing an emergency need for blood donors to give now to help avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients this summer.
Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. More donations are immediately needed to help replenish the blood supply.
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive.
To get started, follow the instructions at use the Blood Donor App.