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      Macon police and fire crews compete in blood donor recruitment

      UPDATE: The Macon Fire Department won this year's Battle of the Badges Blood Drive recruiting a total of 29 donors over the Police Department's 17.


      Macon Police and fire crews teamed up with the American Red Cross to host the Battle of Badges Blood Drive.

      Each department's goal was to recruit more donors than the other.

      The winner of the friendly competition received bragging rights and a traveling trophy.

      John Crowder from the Macon Fire Department reminds citizens why donating blood is important.

      â??It's honestly not that painful. They make it fun in here. Itâ??s almost pleasurable when you're sitting there and every body's talking to you and kind of having a good time,â?? said Crowder.

      Right now, the donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the past 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

      There will be a blood drive Saturday, July 26th, at the Adair County Annex Building in Kirksville from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.