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(Lincoln, NE) – Lincoln Fire & Rescue (LFR) take home the trophy for the 2018 Battle of the Badges competition. 

This summer, Lincoln Police Department (LPD) and Lincoln Fire & Rescue (LFR) have been competing in a Battle of the Badges blood drive helping Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) increase blood donations over the summer.

Nearly 300 generous people participated in the friendly Battle of the Badges competition by donating blood. While the true winners are the people whose lives were saved because blood was available, this year the traveling trophy will once again find its home at LFR’s Station # 1. 

The trophy was presented to LFR's Chief Micheal Despain at the Capital Humane Society's Pieloch Adoption Center. As he accepted the award, he offered a squeaky pet toy to opposing team leader, Chief Jeff Bliemeister, who accepted the loss by washing Jack, an adoptable black lab. See the live footage here

Our local emergency responders see first-hand how the need for blood affects our communities - whether it’s an accident, fire, or prematurely born baby. Police officers and firefighters are inspired by helping others, and they know that giving blood is an easy way the community can help people too.

NCBB, LPD, and LFR thank all participating blood donors, media outlets and agencies, and our promotional sponsors Blue Blood Brewery and Firehouse Subs, for their support of the 2018 Battle of the Badges challenge. 

Find pictures from throughout the competition here.

The Battle of the Badges blood drive was a huge success, but the need for blood is constant. NCBB needs at least 1,000 blood donors every week to ensure that NCBB can provide local hospitals with the blood that patients need. Currently, Nebraska Community Blood Bank has a need for O negative (O-), A negative (A-), and B negative (B-) blood types. To schedule an appointment or learn more, please visit NCBB.ORG or call 877-486-9414.