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Gainesville Fire-Rescue broke the 2-2 tie shared with the Gainesville Police Department after earning the most votes during the fifth annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, organizer Tamara Grimes-Sieger said.

Grimes-Sieger, who is also the fire department spokeswoman, said GF-R enjoyed another friendly competition with the police department.

When donors donate blood during a battle drive, they have the option of voting for their favorite department.

“This year, Gainesville Fire-Rescue won the battle, but the real winners are the recipients of the blood donations,” a news release from Grimes-Sieger said.

She said 47 units of blood was collected- 35 whole and 12 red- which results in saving up to 117 lives.

The event benefited Carter BloodCare.

Representatives with Carter BloodCare plan to schedule a presentation for GF-R this year, officials said. They also plan to schedule a presentation for GPD for taking home top honors last year. The police department’s ceremony was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the release.

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