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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 27, 2008

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FDNY AND NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER HONOR
BONE MARROW DONORS AND RECIPIENTS

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will join New York Blood Center (NYBC) President Dr. Robert L. Jones and Chairman of the NYBC Board of Trustees Howard Milstein for the 4th Annual Honor Roll of Life ceremony, honoring firefighters who have donated bone marrow to individuals suffering from a variety of cancers or blood disorders.

At the event, Firefighter Louis Dym of Ladder Company 168 will meet his bone marrow recipient, Coleman (Cole) Sierens, 12-year-old boy from Winnipeg, Canada, and Firefighter William Zask, Jr., of Engine Company 257 will meet his recipient, Alex Jomar Maldonado Cruz, a 3-year-old boy from Puerto Rico.

During the ceremony, 16 firefighters who donated bone marrow in 2007 also will have their names added to the Department’s “Honor Roll of Life” plaque. Since the program’s inception, 98 firefighters have donated bone marrow to 106 patients from around the world. The New York City Fire Department is currently the single largest bone marrow registry group with more than 8,000 firefighters on the donor list.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly, NYBC President Dr. Robert Jones, Chairman of the NYBC Board of Trustees Howard Milstein, NYBC Vice-President Rolf Kovenetsky, FDNY firefighter donors and other Fire Department officials

WHAT:

FDNY firefighter donors meet their bone marrow recipients for the first time; plaque dedication honoring FDNY members who donated bone marrow

WHERE:

FDNY Headquarters – First Floor Auditorium
9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn

WHEN:

Monday, January 28, 2008, 11 a.m.

 

 

*** Photo Op

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Emily Rahimi , (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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