Farmington Hills first responders compete in blood drive

September 19, 2017 by  

It’s police versus firefighters in the ‘Battle of the Badges’ in Farmington Hills, according to an article in on Hometown

The yearly event, which is sponsored by the American Red Cross, is designed to encourage people to donate blood during the summer months when, officials of the Red Cross say, blood banks’ supplies traditionally run low. During the drive, each person who donated blood also got to cast a vote for either the police or the fire department. The department that got the most votes won.

Matt Koehn, who is the police department’s assistant chief, admitted to cheating last year—but all in fun. He said he tried to increase the number of votes cast, and guesses he might have voted 30 times. Despite Chief Hoehn’s best efforts, the fire department won. He concedes:

“People love those guys.”

Friendly contests like the one between the two departments can get people interested in the blood drive. Rebecca Hall, a nurse with the Red Cross, said when people see police officers and firefighters giving blood, they start thinking about doing the same.

Lieutenant Jamie Neufeld of the Farmington Hills Fire Department watched Koehn give blood, pretending to give CPR at times. Neufeld acknowledged the rivalry between the departments, but said everyone wins in the end.

In situations like this, officials could work with a poster printing company to help advertise the drive and encourage residents to participate.