Battle of the Badges -- for blood! -- now underway

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The 15th annual Battle of the Badges is now underway, which means Toledo police and firefighters are out for your blood.

Local heroes got the friendly competition started this morning by rolling up their sleeves for the American Red Cross. For the next few weeks, folks can donate blood to show support for either the police or fire department.

Hours are Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center at 3510 Executive Pkwy, Toledo; (419) 535-0707.

All donors get a free T-shirt and a gift certificate to Uncle John's Pancake House. The battle runs through Jan. 4.