DIXON – Unlike most bloody battles, this one will save lives.
Dixon's fire and police departments are going head to head to collect blood for the American Red Cross.
The first annual "Battle of the Badges" will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the fire department, 210 S. Hennepin Ave.
Donors can designate their blood to count for the police or the firefighters – which includes Dixon City and Dixon Rural fire departments. The team with the highest tally will win a trophy – and bragging rights.
In all seriousness, everyone is on the same team, according to Scott Romine, firefighter/paramedic and event organizer.
"We work for the same city," the 27-year-old Dixon man said.
Firefighters included the police in their annual blood drive, hoping to boost community involvement with friendly competition. Last year, only about 40 people came. They hope for a better turnout and to "obtain as many pints of blood as possible," Romine said.
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross, and more than 44,000 blood donations are needed every day.
"[People] don't think about how important it actually is," Romine said.
Those who have not donated since March 27 are eligible. Photo identification is required.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Contact the fire department at 815-288-3323 to schedule.
Go to www.redcrossblood.org for more information.