Sioux Falls Fire Rescue wins “Heroes Behind the Badges” Blood Drive

Published: Dec. 26, 2019 at 4:34 PM CST
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UPDATE, Jan. 6

Sioux Falls Police Fire Rescue has won the 2020 Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive.

After leading most of the competition, Fire Rescue beat the Sioux Falls Police Department 495 to 450. The 945 donations will help 2,835 patients.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue will present a $700 check to the Children’s Home Society, compliments of Citibank of Sioux Falls, and police department will present a $300 check to the Special Olympics of South Dakota.

The friendly competition ran from Dec. 26 to Jan. 4 in partnership with the Community Blood Bank.


UPDATE, Jan. 3

In the latest tally, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has collected 370 donations, while the Sioux Falls Police Department has collected 315.


UPDATE, Jan. 2:

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has widened their lead in the annual "Heroes Behind the Badges" blood drive.

As of Thursday, Fire Rescue has collected 312 donations, compared to the Sioux Falls Police Department's 262.


Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is holding a solid lead as of Tuesday morning with 263 blood donations given in their honor.

The lead grew from Monday into Tuesday as the Sioux Falls Police Department has 233 donations in their honor.

The total of 496 blood donations will help more than 1,400 patients.

People can donate in honor of the fire department or the police department through Saturday.


UPDATE: After the weekend, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is still in the lead in the "Heroes Behind the Badges" blood drive.

As of Monday morning, they are in the lead with 180 blood donations. The Sioux Falls Police Department isn't too far behind though with 172 donations.

The total of 352 donations so far will help more than 1,000 patients.


UPDATE: As of Friday morning, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue collected a total of 123 blood donations so far in the Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive. The Sioux Falls Police Department collected 90 donations.

A total of 213 donations collected so far will help 639 patients and their families.

All donations will go to the Community Blood Bank. The competition runs through Saturday, January 4th.


Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls Police Department will kick off their 24th annual blood drive competition.

The friendly competition will run through Jan. 4. The public is encouraged to come into either Sanford Medical Center or Avera McKennan Hospital donor rooms and designate their blood donation to the department of their choice.

Donors can choose a specially designed “Police” or “Fire” T-shirt for donating blood at the donor rooms, receive a certificate redeemable for a free appetizer to Texas Roadhouse and a certificate for a free breakfast burrito at Taco John’s.

The department with the most donations will contribute $700 to the charity of their choice. Second place will donate $300 compliments of Citibank.

For more information and a complete blood drive schedule for Heroes Behind the Badges, visit

or call (605) 331-3222.