Brentwood's annual Battle of the Badges blood drive begins Wednesday, May 5, and this year's theme is honoring the first responders and others who died during the 9/11 attacks, as 2021 marks 20 years since the tragedy.
Every year, the Brentwood police and fire departments go head-to-head to see which agency can bring in the most blood donations from the community and its own teams. The blood drive is done in partnership with the American Red Cross.
Last year, the drive was held in honor of the late Destin Legieza, a Brentwood police officer who died in the line of duty. The drive brought in 415 units of blood, smashing the previous year's total of 322. The police department brought in the most units.
This year, the drive will be themed around remembrance and will take place at the FiftyForward Martin Center at 960 Heritage Way in Room B from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Citizens wishing to participate can make an appointment to give blood at RedCrossBlood.org and use the sponsor code "rememberingthebadges" or contact one of the following:
• Sara Smyly at email@example.com
• Lt. Jeff Moorehead of the Brentwood Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Lt. Chris Mobley of the Williamson County Sheriff's Office at email@example.com
• Tom LoSchiavo at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Assistant Chief Richard Hickey at email@example.com