In battles of the badges, firefighters and cops have shed blood on the ice, football field, soccer pitch and boxing ring, among other venues of sporting competition.
So it’s no surprise that the FDNY and NYPD would seize on the opportunity to use their friendly rivalry to see which agency can donate the most blood. Next Saturday, April 30, public-safety personnel — including other law enforcement officers, members of the emergency medical service and health professions — will face off on the lower level of the Macy’s wing at Queens Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The general public is also invited to participate in the community event hosted by the Elmhurst mall and New York Blood Center.
All presenting donors will receive a free pair of tickets to a Mets game. There also will be a raffle for a free movie-theater gift card worth $10, and while supplies last, vouchers for use at Seattle’s Best Coffee and 10 percent off a meal at Applebee’s.
“The NYPD is the single largest source of volunteer blood donors and the FDNY is the number one donor of bone marrow to the community,” said Rolf Kovenetsky, vice president of corporate and community relations for NYBC, in a prepared statement. “These two iconic organizations protect our communities and support patients in our hospitals every day. Both are winners, and so are those who join them to donate ‘gifts of life’ at Queens Center.”
Dawn Simon, senior marketing manager for Queens Center, added, “This friendly competition, to see which department could get the most donors, will hopefully set records and become one of the largest blood drives in Queens.”
The New York Blood Center serves more than 20 million people in the city, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania.