Battle of the Badges helps save lives

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Several local officials participated in the 10th annual Battle of the Badges on Monday at the Ramada Inn.

The North Platte Police Department won the annual Battle of the Badges for the seventh time with a score of 46 to 45. (Source: Erika Siebring/KNOP TV).

This battle started out as a way to honor and remember the first responders the nation lost on 9/11. However, it quickly evolved into a friendly rivalry between North Platte's police and fire departments. Each department must recruit as many eligible people as possible to donate blood to the American Red Cross.

About every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood product. Police have won six times before but Recruitment Account Manager Amanda Koubek said Fire came out swinging this year.

"The smack talking started back in, like, March, it was, you know, law enforcement was talking about fire, fire was talking about law enforcement," Koubek said. "It is just so much fun to work with these agencies, to have them all come out and support us, to support the mission of the American Red Cross, and to help save a bunch of lives."

The goal for this year was to collect 120 pints of blood, as one pint can save up to three lives. The police department won yet again this year with a final score of 46 to 45.