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Local Fire and Police Departments face off in annual blood drive

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—Local firefighters and police embarked on a different type of life-saving mission, for their annual "Battle of the Badges Blood Drive."

It was team red versus team blue all day, as members of both departments, and those who support them, came to the Police Department’s headquarters to donate blood.

People from both departments are extremely competitive and said they especially love this event, because it's all for a good cause and could save lives.

"Law enforcement, police have really outshone the fire department for many years, so we feel bad about that, but they came on strong last year, so we'll see what happens this year," said the Grand Forks Police Department Chief, Deputy Jim Remer.

"Everybody gets involved, you kinda come down here and see who voted for who, if you're not a police officer or firefighter. So it's always good to see who's kind on your side and who's not,” said Grand Forks Fire Department Chief Bruce Weymier.

The blood bank is always in need of donors, so if you missed out on the donations today, today you can still donate by contacting the Dak Minn Blood Bank. If you’d like to donate, you can visit the link to their website, or call them at (701) 780-5433.