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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 4, 2005

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER HONORS FDNY MEMBERS WITH
PLAQUE DEDICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN LIFE-SAVING
BONE MARROW DONATION PROGRAM

Two firefighters will be reunited with bone marrow recipients for first time

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will accept from New York Blood Center (NYBC) President Dr. Robert L. Jones a plaque dedicated to the firefighters who have donated life-saving bone marrow to individuals suffering from a variety of acute diseases. The plaque, an “Honor Roll of Life,” has the names of more than 60 firefighters who have donated bone marrow to men, women and children diagnosed with diseases ranging from leukemia to Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The plaque will be presented at Fire Department Headquarters in Brooklyn.

Two firefighters who donated bone marrow in 2003 will also be reunited with their bone marrow recipients for the first time.

Throughout the years, the Fire Department has encouraged its members to donate blood as well as other blood products such as blood platelets and bone marrow. To date, the FDNY is the single-largest bone marrow registry group with more than 8,000 firefighters registered.

WHAT:

Dedication of Plaque in honor of FDNY Bone Marrow Donors; Reunion of Firefighter Donors and Bone Marrow Recipients

WHERE:

FDNY Headquarters – First Floor Auditorium
9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn

WHEN:

Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 11:00 AM

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta; Chief of Department Peter Hayden; Chief of Operations Salvatore Cassano; Dr. Robert Jones, President of the NYBC; Dr. Howard Milstein, Chairman of the NYBC Board of Trustees; Rolf Kovenetky, Vice-President of NYBC; Melinda Caltabianco, Director of Special Donor Services; FDNY Firefighters who have donated bone marrow and various other Fire Department officials

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Virginia Lam (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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