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Battle of the Badges extended to Oct. 14

Firefighters Jacob Bingham and Timothy Stewart, Lt. Thomas Kleppe and Engineer Paul Kaplan stand with 735 pounds of food Station 2 has collected so far to help alleviate hunger in Henderson County. Firefighters Jacob Bingham and Timothy Stewart, Lt. Thomas Kleppe and Engineer Paul Kaplan stand with 735 pounds of food Station 2 has collected so far to help alleviate hunger in Henderson County.

To intensify the competition between first responders, the IAM Battle of the Badges Food Drive among the Hendersonville Fire Department, the Hendersonville Police Department and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has been extended to Oct. 14.

 

Fire Lt. Thomas Kleppe shared his desire to win the first responder competition when IAM volunteers picked up a load from Fire Station 2 on Sugarloaf Road this week. "We take beating the police officers very seriously," he said with a grin.

Any nonperishable foods can be donated to the food drive. The biggest needs in IAM’s pantry are canned meats and tuna, instant oatmeal and grits, canned fruits and vegetables, regular ground coffee, fruit juice boxes and toilet paper. Here are the three locations you can drop off food donations during regular business hours:

● Henderson County Sheriff’s Office,100 Grove St.
● Hendersonville Fire Department, 632 Sugarloaf Road
● Hendersonville Police Department, 145 Fifth Avenue East