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Blood Drive Honors Fallen Officer

Updated: Wednesday, February 26 2014, 09:39 PM EST
A blood drive organized to honor a fallen Asheville Police brought hundreds of residents and first responders to downtown Asheville Wednesday.

Officer Rob Bingaman was killed in a car accident in October 2013 and this year, the annual "Battle of the Badges" was held in honor of him.

The event ran from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Asheville's First Baptist Church in a gymnasium crowded with nurses, Red Cross staff, citizens and first responders stopping by to donate.

It's the fourth annual Battle and, while honoring Bingaman this year, it's always a friendly competition between local first responder agencies. Anyone giving blood can put in a vote for their favorite agency and votes are tallied at the end to see who was the most popular.Blood Drive Honors Fallen Officer


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