South Charleston first responders plan ‘Battle of the Badges’ and more

To celebrate the end of the school year, the South Charleston Police Department and Madison Township Fire & EMS Department teamed up with the Miami View PTA to treat students to a cookout on May 22 at the school. Grilling up hot dogs and serving other lunch goodies were: (from left) Zach Oney, fire fighter/EMT; Kyle Marlett, student resource officer; Sally Larson, EMT; Jacob Rosales, police officer; Ken Larson, EMT; Jenny Redish, fire fighter/paramedic; Chuck Berns, fire fighter/EMT; Police Chief Brian Redish; and Jim Hildebrand, fire fighter/EMT.

(Posted June 4, 2024)

First responders in South Charleston are making positive connections with the community through a variety of events, including a blood drive with a competitive twist, a hog raffle to raise money for this year’s fireworks display, and a Touch A Truck day.

Battle of the Badges
The Madison Township Fire and EMS Department and the South Charleston Police Department are facing off in their first-ever “Battle of the Badges” blood donation drive.

The idea is to see which agency can get the most blood donations made in their name. A trophy goes to the winner.

Presented by Solvita Blood Center, the blood donation drive is set for June 17, 3-6 p.m., at the fire station, 222 W. Columbus St., South Charleston. Appointments are preferred and can be made using the DonorTime app, visiting, or calling (937) 461-3220. Walk-ins are welcome, too.

At the time of donation, givers will be asked to choose the fire department or the police department as the agency they are donating in the name of.

“The ‘Battle of the Badges’ is a friendly competition and way to get more people involved. The blood bank is always needing donations,” said Emily Vaughn, Madison Township EMT and vice president of the Madison Township Emergency Services Association.

Hog Raffle
The Madison Township Emergency Services Association is raffling off half a hog from Harbage Farms/Fat Hen Farmhouse. The winner gets to choose how they want the hog processed. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the fire station, 222 W. Columbus Rd., every day from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. through June 27. Proceeds go to the fireworks fund.

Touch A Truck
Mark your calendars for July 20. Touch A Truck will take place that day at South Charleston Community Park. Emergency and village vehicles will be on display. Stay tuned for details.

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