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Police faces off with Fire Department in Coralville for fourth Battle of the Badges

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

The Coralville Police and Fire departments are used to working together -- but on Thursday, the two were pit against each for a good cause.

During the Fourth Battle of the Badges in Coralville, both departments competed to see who could raise the most blood donations. The event was in partnership with the University of Iowa's DeGowin Blood Center.

According to the DeGowin Blood Center, one donation can save up to three lives.

Mike Barney with the Coralville Police Department said having blood drives is something they try and do three times a year.

"I was looking for ways to stimulate the blood drive and get more people so I thought maybe if I pit the police versus the fire the fire guys could go and stunt for us and donate too. It's turned out to be a big success," Barney said.

Donors could vote for either department after giving blood: blue marbles for police, and red for fire.

Police led going into this year's event, with an overall record of 2-1, but last year the fire department went home as winners.

"We usually get a little worked up over it and you know some friendly banter back and forth but the cops have won it two years and we won it last year so we're trying to defend our title this year," Nic Pruter of the Coralville Fire Department said.

The winner of the contest receives a trophy but most importantly, bragging rights.

"We like displaying that and like everybody to know that we won so we try and tell everybody as much as possible," Pruter said.

Numerous members of both departments came out to donate as did the community, including Coralville Mayor John Lundell.

"I feel like I should be neutral but I try and alternate but I used to be a Coralville fire fighter so I always kind of go red," Lundell said.

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