Bragging rights will still be at stake when Pekin-area first responders hold their annual Battle of the Badges blood donation drive in 10 days.

Residents this year, however, are asked to donate in honor of Tazewell County Sheriff’s Deputy Chuck Linton, who suffered a serious heart attack earlier this year.

“Chuck has led a good fight and is doing well,” said Billie Ingles, Pekin Police Department public information officer. “Please donate in support of his long journey.”

The event will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. April 24 at the Pekin City Council Chambers, 111 S. Capitol St.

Held in conjunction with the American Red Cross, the drive features competition among the Sheriff’s Department and the city police and fire departments. Donors will be asked if they wish to donate on behalf of one of those departments.

“They don’t have to. It’s their option,” Ingles said. All donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s famous frozen custard.

To schedule an appointment, contact Fire Department Capt. Jamie Evans at 477-2388, Sheriff’s Deputy John Shallenberger at 478-5652 or Ingles at 478-5300. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using the Red Cross RapidPass. For more information, visit