San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
RON FREITAS District Attorney, San Joaquin County
Protecting Our Community Since 1850 222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 101, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
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News from the Office of District Attorney Ronald J. Freitas
For Immediate Release
January 24, 2023
CONTACT: Elisa Bubak, Public Information Officer
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Board of Supervisors Recognizes SJC District Attorney's Office for Blood Drive Efforts

Today, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors recognized the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Stockton Police Department, and the American Red Cross for their combined efforts in hosting the “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive.

The “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive took place in the District Attorney’s Office Training Room on January 11, 2023 and local law enforcement personnel were invited to donate blood to the local American Red Cross. The initial goal of the event was to book the allotted 28 time slots. In total, 43 members of the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigations, Stockton Police Department, and Manteca Police Department participated, nearly doubling the goal. These donations equate to 43 units of blood and potentially 129 lives saved.

“The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive was a testament to the interagency collaboration between my Office and our local law enforcement partners,” said District Attorney Ron Freitas. “I am incredibly proud of Investigator Quiroz for his role in facilitating the Blood Drive, as well as Stockton Police Department Wellness Officer Lizardo and American Red Cross Account Manager Kristen Merrill for partnering with our office to see the drive come to fruition.”

The Stockton Police Officers Association participated in the “Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive in honor of LeeAnn Dias. The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office connected with the American Red Cross to challenge local law enforcement and first responder agencies to assist with the nationwide blood shortage.

The District Attorney’s Office will be partner with the American Red Cross for future drives.