Area residents joined deputies on Tuesday at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station in an effort to help fill local blood banks.
A Red Cross bloodmobile remained parked at the station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the local installment of the fifth annual Battle of the Badges contest, a friendly competition among Southern California public-safety agencies to raise awareness of the year-round need for blood donations.
This is the second year that local deputies have participated in the Battle of the Badges, and by early afternoon, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Jorge Valdivia said the station was on track to meet or beat last year's total of 28 donors.
Sheriff's Deputy Randy Forney said he makes a point of donating blood regularly because of its lifesaving potential for fellow law enforcement officers, victims of violence and others who may fall ill.
"It's so simple to do, but it can save a life," Forney said.