Battle of the Badges returns to Tri-Cities

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 6:30 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The forth annual Battle of the Badges returned to Grand Island and Kearney on Tuesday.

The annual event is a friendly competition that pits local fire and police department against each other for a blood drive. People are invited to come out and donate blood for the Red Cross, then they are asked to join team red for firefighters or team blue for police officers.

Organizers said its a great way to support local first responders and also to help the Red Cross during one of their slowest times of the year.

“It’s a great way for our communities to show support for local law enforcement, fire and ems and just say we back you guys while also filling the need and providing blood for our patients in need right now,” Red Cross Account Manager Jeremy Aupperlee told Local4 News.

Aupperlee said the Red Cross is currently in critical need. They had already seen a significant decrease in donations throughout the pandemic, but now are expecting even more of a drop as summer starts.

The Battle of the Badges continues on Wednesday in both Kearney and Grand Island, then will start in Hastings on Friday.

All three cities still have many open spaces and people are encouraged to sign up online in advance using code TRICITYBOB.

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