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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1, 2005

FDNY AND NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER KICK OFF
BRONX BLOOD DRIVE IN HONOR OF FALLEN HEROES AND
IN SUPPORT FIREFIGHTERS CRITICALLY INJURED
IN LAST WEEK’S DEADLY BLAZE

Special blood drive in honor and memory of Lts. Curtis Meyran and John Bellew and
Firefighter Richard Sclafani; Community is encouraged to show support by donating blood

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will be joined by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion to urge the community to donate blood. A special blood drive will be held tomorrow in honor of Lts. Curtis Meyran and John Bellew and Firefighter Richard Sclafani. All three men made the Supreme Sacrifice on Sunday, January 23, 2005. Lts. Meyran and Bellew were fatally injured battling a three-alarm fire in a four-story apartment building in the Bronx. Firefighter Sclafani was fatally injured after responding to a two-alarm fire in the East New York section of Brooklyn.

The blood drive will help replenish the general blood supply and will support Firefighters Joseph P. DiBernardo and Jeffrey G. Cool of Rescue 3 and Firefighter Eugene Stolowski of Ladder 27 who remained hospitalized in critical condition. All three were injured in the Bronx fire after being forced to jump from a fourth-story window. A fourth firefighter, Brenden Cawley, was released from St. Barnabas hospital on Saturday, January 29. In total, more than 85 units of blood were utilized during the first 72-hours after the fire.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, FDNY Officials and Blood Donors

WHAT:

Blood Drive in Support of Firefighters Injured in Bronx Fatal Fire and in Memory of Fallen Firefighters

WHERE:

Bronx Supreme Court Building – The Rotunda
851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York

WHEN:

Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Presser - 9:30 AM
Blood donations from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 8:00 PM

 

*Photo-Op**

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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