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Coffee Memorial Boots vs. Badges Kick-Off Event

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Area firefighters and police officers are battling it out in the 10th Annual Coffee Memorial Blood Center Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive.

While it's a friendly competition, Corporal Toby Hudson with Amarillo Police said the Badges are in it to win it.

"The badges are out here in full force, representing all the local law enforcement in the area," said Hudson. "All I know is the firemen are not out here performing like these guys are."

But after losing for the first time last year, firefighter Jason Love said they're ready to reclaim the title.

"Well of course the firemen are going to take it all," said Love. "We've had it for eight years, we let the police borrow it last year, just so we don't look selfish, but we're ready to take it back, it's time to come home."

This is CMBC'S biggest event of the year, honoring firefighters and law enforcement while encouraging the public to 'Give the Gift of Life.' 

West Texas A&M University Police officer Jake Splawn said it's important for them to interact with the community.

"A lot of people don't get to see and interact with police officers on a light-hearted note," said Splawn. "So we're normal people, we like to have fun just as much as anybody else."

WTAMU Detective Jeffrey Schiller echoed that statement, saying he hopes this will help with any misconceptions of local law enforcement agencies.

"It's breaking down the barriers, saving lives together with the community," said Schiller. "It gets us out of the patrol car, out of the office and gives us an opportunity to sit down and have a hamburger and a hot dog with the community."

Love added that donations during the summer months are crucial to the blood center.

"People travel, so they can't get in and donate as often as they would like to or need to," said Love. "So with the increase of 4th of July and the festivities, there's an increase of accidents, of course alcohol related accidents always increase over this time period."

All blood types are needed, but director of marketing and public relations at CMBC Suzanne Talley said they especially need universal types.

"We are always looking for Type O Negative, which is the universal donor, can be given to anyone in a crisis," said Talley. "We're also looking for O Positive, which is the most common blood type and most widely used."

If you didn't make it today, you can still donate for the boots or the badges until August 31st at Coffee Memorial, located at 7500 Wallace Boulevard.

For more information on the Coffee Memorial Blood Center, you can visit their website here.

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