In keeping with their professional mission of service to the community, the Anna Fire and Police Departments are cooperating in a two-day blood drive this month and challenging each other to recruit the highest number of donors.

“Our Police Officers and Firefighters are on the front lines of service to our residents and guests on a daily basis, so it’s completely fitting that they have teamed up on the blood drive,” Anna City Manager Jim Proce said in a press release about the event. “When our residents see our public safety personnel, they immediately think of them as lifesavers, so the blood drive, which is designed to provide a lifesaving resource, makes perfect sense.”

Called the “Battle of the Badges,” both departments, in coordination with Carter BloodCare, will be actively seeking blood donors for the two-day drive. It’s set for Friday, July 26 at Brookshires Grocery, 1325 W. White St., from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 27 at the Anna Fire Station, 305 N. Powell St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Police Chief Jeff Caponera and Fire Chief Ray Isom have both endorsed the friendly competition, encouraging their supporters to step forward and donate. Each is asking donors to declare the donation for their respective departments. Donors, regardless of their affiliation, will receive a Battle of the Badges T-shirt for donating.

Proce said the blood drive falls squarely within the city’s commitment to making Anna responsive to the needs of the local community.

“Our Police Officers conduct active community policing, interacting with residents in a positive way,” he said. “They hold regular Coffee with a Cop gatherings, and are active in many other ways. At the same time, our Firefighters are constantly seeking ways to connect with the community, through school programs, Fire Prevention Week activities, and a myriad of effective outreach efforts. And, of course, when emergencies arise, both police and fire are always there.”

Donors must be at least 16 years of age and in good health. Carter BloodCare provides life-saving transfusion resources to more than 200 medical facilities in over 50 counties throughout North, Central and East Texas. Each year, it provides more than 300,000 units of blood products to meet patients’ treatment requirements. Carter BloodCare’s services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood components.