Injured officer's wife speaks on importance of donating blood

WICHITA, Kan. Without blood transfusions, Wichita Police Officer Brian Arterburn's wife says he would not have survived after a stolen vehicle ran him over in February.

Arterburn's wife, Claudale, spoke Wednesday when the winner of this year's Battle of the Badges was announced. She talked about her husband's recovery and the transfusions he needed.

"Any time you can hear firsthand the story of someone who needed blood products, it's amazing," says Jennifer Sanders, Executive Director for the south central and southeast regions of the American Red Cross. "It's inspiring. Everyone in the community knows what (Arterburn) went through. (I don't know) if people know how many transfusions he received, very inspiring to hear Claudelle speak."

The Wichita Police Department won the 2017 Battle of the Badges.

With this year's competition featuring area first-responders, the Red Cross had a goal to collect nearly 1,100 units of blood. The organization exceeded that goal.