Saving lives

Hanny Garcia Huerta of Marshalltown donates blood during the “Battle of the Badges” American Red Cross blood drive Thursday afternoon at the Salvation Army. This annual blood drive is a friendly competition between the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, the Marshalltown Police Department and the Marshalltown Fire Department. Blood donors were asked to pick their favorite organization by checking off which agency got their vote. The sheriff’s office won with 19 votes, followed by the MPD with 15 and the fire department with 10. INSET: Pictured from left: MPD Officer Dave Danielson, Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman, MPD Officer Paul Heitman, Melinda Mullins with the sheriff’s office, and Jailer Shelby Pennington.