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Battle of the Badges: Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers join forces to help patients in need
Firefighters and police officers often are close to the need for blood, responding to emergency situations throughout the year.  Starting December 19th, officers joined forces at the American Red Cross Toledo Blood Donor Center, 3510 Executive Parkway, to kick off their 18th annual Battle of the Badges campaign.
Battle of the Badges is held each year to help the Red Cross maintain blood levels during the holiday season. It is a friendly competition between fire and police officers to see who can bring in the most blood donations and votes; in the end, hospital patients in need are the real winners. 
The Battle will continue at the Toledo Blood Donor Center until January 7, 2012, where donors will vote for their favorite department. During the campaign anyone who comes to donate blood will receive a special Battle of the Badges t-shirt along with a coupon for a free breakfast to Uncle John’s Pancake House, located at the corner of Central and Secor Streets, Toledo.
“Donating blood is a great way for everyone in the community to show support for local heroes. The need for blood is constant and you never know when you or someone you care about may need it,” said Don Baker, CEO for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. “We hope everyone will come to donate blood and vote for their favorite department during this friendly rivalry.”
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