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The Collinsville Fire Department pulled ahead of the Collinsville Police Department by five donors, tallying a score of 47-42. Courtesy photo

Collinsville citizens recently came together to help save lives.

A number of residents participated in the Collinsville Boots & Badges Blood Drive, held on Wednesday, July 3, at the Veterans Building on Main Street.

The annual event, hosted by the Oklahoma Blood Institute, gives local police and fire departments an opportunity to compete in a friendly competition to see who can rally the most donors.

This year, 92 people showed up, with 89 able to donate. At the end of the day, the Collinsville Fire Department pulled ahead of the Collinsville Police Department by five donors, tallying a score of 47-42.

Collinsville FD in a Facebook post on Wednesday thanked the public for its support of both first responders and others in need of medical assistance going into the Fourth of July.

“This will allow the Oklahoma Blood Institute to have blood on hand throughout the holiday weekend,” the post said. “Thanks to the Collinsville Police Department for a spirited competition.”

Donors received a $10 gift certificate to JB’s Market and were entered to win one of five $20 gift certificates during the event.

Owasso is also set to host is annual Boots & Badges Blood Drive on Thursday, July 25, at Owasso City Hall, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Donors will get their choice of one entry to the Science Museum Oklahoma or Frontier City, or two entries to Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777, or visit obi.org.