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Published September 11, 2013, 08:38 PM

Police, fire fighters battle for blood

There was some friendly competition today to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks in 2001. Local fire fighters and police officers held the 7th annual "battle of the badges."

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

There was some friendly competition today to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks in 2001. Local fire fighters and police officers held the 7th annual "battle of the badges."

They compete by donating blood to the Dak-Minn blood bank. Whichever department gives the most blood wins bragging rights for one year. While we don't know if the fire fighters or police officers won yet we do know that together they donated 57 pints of blood. One pint of blood is enough to save three lives.

"It's just kind of a good way to represent the police department and fire department locally in honor of people that have fallen in the past and have the blood here for future emergencies or needs," said Beh Skari with the Grand Forks Police Department.

Last year, the fire department donated more blood than p-d for the first time since the competition started. Dak-Minn is in need of all types of blood.

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