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Press Releases / 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2006

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

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

One firefighter and one former FDNY firefighter will be reunited for the first time
with bone marrow recipients

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will take part in the 2 nd Annual “Honor Roll of Life” ceremony with New York Blood Center (NYBC) President Dr. Robert L. Jones and Chairman of the (NYBC) Board of Trustees Mr. Howard Milstein. The ceremony is dedicated to the firefighters who have donated life-saving bone marrow to individuals suffering from a variety of acute diseases. At the event, firefighters John Jensen and former firefighter Joe Kazlauskas will meet with Brooke Williams and Glenn Hale, to whom they both respectively donated life-saving bone marrow transplants.

The plaque, an “Honor Roll of Life,” has the names of more than 70 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. In addition, members who have donated bone marrow since the first ceremony last year will also have their names added to the plaque.

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

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta; Dr. Kerry Kelly, FDNY Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Robert Jones, President of the NYBC; Mr. Howard Milstein, Chairman of the NYBC Board of Trustees; Rolf Kovenetsky, Vice-President of NYBC; Commissioner Martha Hirst, Department of Citywide Administrative Services; FDNY Firefighters who have donated bone marrow, along with other various Fire Department officials

WHEN:

Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 11:00 AM

WHERE:

FDNY Headquarters First Floor Auditorium, 9 Metrotech Center, Downtown Brooklyn

**PHOTO-OP**

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Seth Andrews, FDNY (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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