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‘Battle of Badges’ blood drive challenge brings in donations

Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings, and Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir roll up their sleeves to donate blood in a ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive for the American Red Cross at St. Rose Auditorium Monday morning.

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Monday, volunteers were on hand at the St. Rose Auditorium for the day-long ‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive that has become an annual tradition in Great Bend.  Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir,  Great Bend Chief of Police Dean Akings and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano were some of the first in line to roll up their sleeves to give blood. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite agency. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.
“This is a chance for our heroes to inspire community members to be heroes too,” said Dan Fox ...

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