It’s a battle to see who can draw more blood — literally.

The Hermosa Beach Police Department once again collaborated with the American Red Cross to host the annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Thursday, Jan. 9. The drive, at Hermosa Beach City Hall, coincided with January’s National Blood Donor Month and creates a friendly competition among public safety agencies — and their friends and families — to get as much blood donated as possible, to positively impact the community.

Throughout the day, dozens of residents poured into the council chambers to donate blood. Just a ways down the road, Redondo Beach also invited residents to visit the police station in hopes of getting the most blood donations for its drive.

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