Battle of the Badges pits DLVFD against the DLPD

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
The chiefs have a side bet, whoever wins the friendly competition from the blood drive gets to have their vehicle washed by the losing chiefs. Here Devils Lake Fire Chief gets his firetruck washed by Devils Lake Police Chief Keith Schroeder and ND Highway Patrol Captain Kyle Ternes.

There’s bound to be some trash talk this year as the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department  defends its crown as the “winners” of the Battle of the Badges.

It’s all in good fun and for a good cause, too, as members of both squads vie for bragging rights.

What’s it all about?

The Battle of the Badges pits Devils Lake Firefighters against local Law Enforcement personnel: the Devils Lake Police Department, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and local Highway Patrol in competition to donate the most blood for United Blood Services.

To do that, they need everyone’s help. All donors are encouraged to participate, whether you are a veteran or a first-timer.

It starts today, Wednesday, Aug. 19 and there are three opportunities to give in the next three days.

Opportunities to help

1. Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2. Thursday, Aug. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

3. Friday, Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive will take place in the Armory of the Memorial Building complex.

The Firefighters won last year and the year before, so they’re pretty confident they will win again this year, according to Fire Chief Jim Moe.

But the posters created for the 2015 event have a different message, they call this year’s battle “Revenge of Team Law.”

Is this the year “Team Law” takes the crown?

Devils Lake will have to wait and see.

To do your part call 701-662-3913 or go to www.bloodhero.com and use sponsor code DLBattle to make an appointment to give blood, letting them know if you want it to go towards whichever team you support: Team Law or the Firefighters’ team.

All donors will receive a free t-shirt and a chance to win a trip for two to Hawaii.

United Blood Services, headquartered in Minot, will be operating the drive. They provide blood products for medical facilities in this region and are in need of replenishing supplies.

To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old (16 year old donors need a minor donor permit which is available at www.unitedbloodservices.org), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.

The Battle of the Badges Blood Drive allows donors to choose which agency they want to donate blood on behalf of - Team Law or Team Fire. The winning team will receive a trophy and bragging rights.  Donors will receive a free Battle of the Badges T-shirt, and can register for a state-wide drawing for a trip for two to Hawaii.

Donors can now make their appointment faster by filling out their Health History Questionnaire online at www.unitedbloodservices.org the day of their appointment and printing off their Fast Track Donation ticket.