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Two Wisconsin sheriff's departments battle it out

Two Wisconsin sheriff's departments battle it out



Two Northwood's sheriff's departments are battling it out.
But they're doing it for a good cause.
It's called the "Battle of the Badges" and it's a blood drive between two sheriff departments, their friends, and neighbors.
"We got a competition between Vilas County and Oneida County," said Mike Murray, Deputy for Vilas County.
Dale Soltow is a Lieutenant for Vilas County.
Soltow says he gives blood because of what he sees while he's out on the job.
"I've been on a lot of calls with crashes and many types of scenes where people need blood, so I feel that if I give my blood it gives back to the community," said Soltow.
Coordinators are calling this year the "tie breaker year" between both of the sheriff's departments.
"Vilas won the first two and Oneida won the second two," said Jan Hadsell, Donor Recruitment Specialist.
But the blood drive isn't just about winning.
"We were looking for ways to make blood drives fun," added Hadsell.
The Oneida Sheriff's Department had its blood drive on Tuesday and 34 donors gave blood.
As of early Friday afternoon, Vilas County was trailing in the competition.
"I think we're up to seven or eight so we need some more people," said Hadsell.
Organizers tell Newsline 9 that blood supplies typically go down in the summer months.
People can only donate every 56 days and coordinators say it's crucial for donors to come forward now.
"We really have to try and bring in donors to make sure we have the blood on the shelf," said Hadsell.
Though officers say they wouldn't mind winning the friendly competition, they add the blood drive is about the community.
"We do it for the good of the community just to show people we care," said Murray.
This is the competition's fifth year.


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