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Battle of the Badges Helps Hospitals Throughout North Dakota

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The 8th annual Battle of the Badges Blood drive is currently going on at Prairie Hills Mall in Dickinson.

 People are encouraged to donate their time and blood to support hospitals around the state.

The Dickinson Fire department and Police department compete to see who can bring in more volunteers.

And the winner gets to take home a trophy.

Responders from both departments look forward to the friendly competition every year.

Sheriff Clarence Tuhy says he hopes the sheriff's department will upset the fire department this year because they've won 5 out of the last 6 competitions.

"It would be nice to get the law enforcement to win over the fire department but at the same time, it's in it for both.  It's still a friendly competition and the most important thing is to try to get the blood donated by people because there is a need for it, and we need to go that route." says Tuhy

Organizers with United Blood Services say there is more need for blood than ever before.

The hope to get about 350 pints of blood from this three day drive.

They service over 90 hospitals in the state.

The local donor recruitment manager says the average North Dakota hospital uses about 500 pints a day.

"I think one big thing is that 1 in 5 of us will need blood at some point in our life.  Only 5 % of the population chooses to donate so that's a large percentage of people that will need blood compared to people that will donate so it's always a pay it forward, you don't know when you're gonna need it." says Stephanie Radenz, Donor Recruitment Manager

Tomorrow is the last day to donate and hours run from 12 to 7.
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