DAYTON, Ohio – The uniquely equipped trophy for the Sinclair Community College “Battle of the Badges Blood Drive” has returned home to the Fire Science department. Donors voted 20-13 for fire technology over law enforcement students at the Tuesday, Sept. 5 rematch.
The trophy was designed by a fire student, but won by the law enforcement students last year by three votes. The second annual “Battle of the Badges” also kicked off a new school year of Community Blood Center blood drives at Sinclair.
Tuesday’s blood drive totaled 46 students, including 10 first-time donors and 31 donations for 107 percent of the collection goal.
“We really think this is a good partnership,” said Fire Science Technology Director Laura Walker, who was on hand with other representatives from the career community to answer questions about certification and degrees.
“We look at this event as an opportunity for learning more about career options, especially in public safety,” said Laura. “Every donor that voted talked to us about the options and what they would like to do.”
The unique “Battle of the Badges” traveling trophy was designed by Fire Science student Tony Bidlack. It features out-of-service training items, including a fire house nozzle, oxygen tank, body armor vest and a training pistol.
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society sponsors Sinclair’s four annual blood drives. Last year they totaled 148 donors, 41 first-time donors and 122 donations.