November 07, 2018 10:41 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Every two seconds someone in America is in need of blood and just one donor can save up to three lives. That's according to the Red Cross.
Emergency crews see the need through their work, which is why they are lending a hand in Rochester. Or more accurately, lending an arm … so they can donate blood.
The latest "Battle of the Badges" competition kicked off in September. Law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics are going head-to-head to see who can give the most blood before the end of December.
So far, the fire department is leading the race. You can help your favorite team win by donating blood on their behalf at the Mayo Clinic Blood Donor Program.
"Everybody that's coming in and donating today, they are providing this safety net of blood that our community is going to be using as early as this weekend,” said Justin Kreuter, the Medical Director of Mayo Clinic’s Blood Program.
“Paramedics and police and people we work with on the street are great,” said Captain Brett Knapp with the Rochester Fire Department. “But I think everyone likes firefighters too so if you had to choose you might want to go with firefighters team this year.”
Whoever wins will get bragging rights.
More than 200 people have given blood so far which equals more than 600 lives potentially saved.
Created: November 07, 2018 10:41 PM
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