Battle of the badges blood drive in New Bern

NEW BERN, NC (WITN) The city of New Bern fire and police departments faced off against each other Thursday for a Red Cross blood drive called Battle of the Badges.

They were seeing which department could bring in the most donations.

There was a huge response with appointments booked solid and dozens of people were waiting in line to give.

For the departments in on the challenge this is a fun way to have a big impact on the community.

Kevin Brice, New Bern Police Officer, says, "Police and fire impact the community, it shows the community a different side of us, we are interested in saving lives, protecting lives, and that's what it's all about."

Bobby Boyd, New Bern Fire Chief, says, "The community here is so good to us it's just another way for us to give back to them."

Donations collected will help area hospitals.

We'll update which department won once we get the final results.