Blood supply to benefit from Battle of Badges challenge

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ROCHESTER - Rochester Fire and Police have announced they are competing in a "Battle of the Badges" blood drive.

The blood drive takes place on Friday from 2-7 p.m. at the East Rochester School cafeteria, 773 Portland St.

As part of the challenge both departments will be vying to have the most pints of blood donated on their behalf.

The competition was organized to help offset the shortage of blood that typically occurs in the summer months.

"Donating blood can help fulfill a crucial need and save lives," Rochester Fire Chief Mark Klose said. "While we hope residents will support our department when they donate, the most important thing is that they come and make a donation to help people in need."

Anyone can take part in the contest and give blood to help the departments reach their goal of receiving donations from 62 people.

Just one unit of blood can save up to three lives and the donation process typically lasts less than an hour.

The department with the most pints donated will win a trophy and bragging rights, at least until next year's competition comes around.

Those interested in donating may call Fire Department Secretary Jessica Gray at 603-335-7545, email her at or visit the Rochester Battle of the Badges page to schedule an appointment. Donors can streamline the process by going to to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of their appointment. Walk-ins are welcome as well.

If anyone is unable to give, they can still volunteer to support the drive. Volunteers can sign up by contacting Gray.

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