Several residents participated in Owasso’s 2022 Boots & Badges Blood Drive, held at the Owasso Community Center on Thursday.
The ninth annual event, hosted by the Oklahoma Blood Institute, gives local police and fire departments an opportunity to compete in a friendly competition to see who can rally the most donors.
This year, 71 people gave blood, 36 of whom donated to the Owasso Police Department and 26 donated to the Owasso Fire Department (some didn’t submit a vote), giving OPD the final advantage by 10 entries.
“Congratulations Owasso police on the win,” Susan Addison with OBI said in an email to the Owasso Reporter.
This year served as Owasso’s largest blood drive to date, Addison said, with each donation saving three people, totaling 213 lives impacted by the generosity of local citizens.