Rockford Police and Fire compete in “Battle of the Bells” for charity

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The Rockford Police Department and Fire Department went head to head Friday in the “Battle of the Bells” for the Salvation Army, taking place at two local Walmart stores.

Each department was competing to gather the most donations within a four-hour period.

All of the money collected goes to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, which is held every Christmas season.

“Sometimes, when an officer interacts with someone, it can be at the worst time in their life,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Andre Brass. “But today, it’s just a happy occasion. We’re out here, interacting with people, and the holiday spirit is everywhere around us. We’re just glad to give back to the community.”

On Thursday, the Salvation Army announced it was half way to it’s $400,000 goal for the year.

The totals for today’s contest have not been tallied at the time of this writing.

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