FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Freeport's first responders are having a friendly competition today to see who can recruit the most blood donors.
It's police versus fire fighters in the Battle of the Badges. The competition wrapped Wednesday evening at the Freeport Public Library.
Red Cross Executive Director Leslie Mastroianni says they are in desperate need of negative blood types especially following the busy summer months.
"I think it's neat because we're pulling competitive spirit and with competition, I tend to be a little over competitive so blood drives can be a lot of fun. And again the competition brings in some extra people who wouldn't normally come in and donate blood," Mastroianni said.
The winning department not only gets bragging rights but a little surprise from Fieldstone Inn.