New York Blood Center Names Commissionerís Cup Winners, Dedicates Honor Roll Plaque
Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Chief of Department Edward Kilduff awarded the first annual Commissioner's Cup to the division and unit with the most blood donations in the past year. (Photo left) Accepting the Commissioner's Cup for Division 3 was Deputy Chief Joseph Carlsen, Division 3. (Photo right) Accepting for Engine 168 and EMS Station 23 was EMS Division Chief Janice Olszewski, Division 5; Lt. John Stringile, Engine 168; and FF Sal Santora, Engine 168.
FDNY members were honored for their good deeds by New York Blood Center (NYBC) on Oct. 15, during a ceremony at FDNY Headquarters.
Divisions and units that marked the most blood donations in 2011 were awarded the first annual Commissioner’s Cup from the NYBC, and a new plaque honoring all FDNY members who have donated stem cells was dedicated for the Fire Academy on Randall’s Island.
“We’re honoring all FDNY members who literally gave themselves for a good cause,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. “This is just the latest example of how, working together, we can save many lives.”
The Commissioner’s Cup Competition featured FDNY Fire and EMS divisions conducting blood drives in their respective response areas. At each blood drive, FDNY members and those in the communities they serve used the account number, 4FDNY, at the time of donation. The competition resulted in the collection of 1160 units of blood.
The division honored for the most donations was Division 3 in Manhattan. The unit with the most donations was Engine 168 and EMS Station 23 on Staten Island.
Representatives of the FDNY have made more than 25,000 blood donations in the last 30 years, according to the NYBC.
“This is one more way for us to be involved with the community we serve,” said Chief of Department Edward Kilduff. “Everyone played a role in this.”
The new Honor Roll plaque for the Fire Academy honoring all FDNY members who have donated life-saving stem cells. The plaque now holds the names of 140 members.
In addition, a new plaque was dedicated for the Fire Academy, honoring the 140 FDNY members who have donated stem cells. There are more than 8,000 FDNY members who are on the bone marrow registry.
The FDNY is the largest group of donors in the United States.
“You’ve really set a milestone that we’ll build upon each year,” said Rob Purvis, Vice President of Customer Services for the NYBC.