It looks like the victors for this year’s Battle of the Badges will be Team Fire, unless Team Law pulls out a miracle at the last few minutes.

It looks like the victors for this year’s Battle of the Badges will be Team Fire, unless Team Law pulls out a miracle at the last few minutes.

On Wednesday it was Team Law ahead 42 to 38, Thursday Team Fire pulled ahead with 54 to 25 and Friday, by 10 a.m. the teams were neck and neck according to Weldon Roberts from United Blood Services, Fargo, who is coordinating this year’s battle.

He’s pleased with the turnout and says whichever team wins, it is the people of North Dakota who are the “real” winners. The 160 or more donors who have given, so far, have provided enough blood products that Roberts says puts the Devils Lake battle ahead of last year’s by six products. Some people can donate more products than others Roberts explained. In the summertime donations are often down although the need rises. That’s why these special events are so crucial to aid with the supply.

Devils Lake, Jamestown, Fargo, Minot and Dickinson all have Battle of the Badges Blood Drives annually. This year Valley City will have its first Battle of the Badges in October.
When school is in full swing and college underway that helps increase the number of donors because college and high school students make up 30 percent of the donors.

Today’s battle ends at 11:45 a.m., then the results will be posted the DLJ Facebook Page and website, so check it out later today.

UPDATE: It is official - Team Fire has won the Battle of the Badges for the second year in a row. Congratulations to all who donated blood in this friendly competition!