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Published July 26, 2011, 06:52 PM

Battle of the Badges kicks off at West Acres

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo Police and Firefighters are teaming up for the 5th Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo Police and Firefighters are teaming up for the 5th Annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive. Today,the two sides held a "tug-of-war" to kick-off the event at West Acres. It runs through Friday. It is hoped a thousand people will show up to donate, during the 4-day blood drive. The firefighters and police officers are competing for bragging rights and a traveling trophy. It goes to the department that recruits the most blood donors.

Rhonda Ellefson – United Blood Services: “Since this event began in 2007, almost 3,000 people have given blood and 1000 gave for the first time invaluable for saving people in our region.”

The Battle of the Badges is the largest blood drive in North Dakota.

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