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Press Releases / 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 25, 2011



FDNY Firefighters Who Donated Bone Marrow Will Meet Recipients for the First Time

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Christopher D. Hillyer, M.D., President and CEO of New York Blood Center (NYBC); and Howard P. Milstein, Chairman of NYBC’s Board of Trustees; will add the names of eight FDNY bone marrow donors to the “Honor Roll of Life” at the seventh annual induction ceremony, to be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY. There will also be a blood drive on site outside of FDNY Headquarters from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for those who would like to donate blood.

During the ceremony, Lieutenant Michele Fitzsimmons, 41, of Engine 67 in Manhattan and Firefighter Owen Fay, 32, of Engine 33 in Manhattan will meet the recipients of their stem cell donations.  Lieutenant Fitzsimmons is the FDNY’s first female bone marrow donor.  Recipients Michael Wolak, 48, from Brighton, Michigan; and Luca Campana, 5, from Pearland, Texas, will, for the first time, be introduced to the firefighters that saved their lives.

Members of the FDNY make up New York Blood Center’s single largest group of bone marrow and stem cell donors. To date a total of 134 firefighters have given these gifts to patients – in some cases more than once – accounting for 13 percent of all donors from New York Blood Center. NYBC will present the FDNY with an award acknowledging this extraordinary commitment to saving lives in our community.


Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff; NYBC President and CEO Dr. Christopher Hillyer; Chairman of NYBC’s Board of Trustees, Howard Milstein; Former Fire Commissioner and NYBC Board Member Nicholas Scoppetta; Director of the Health Service Bureau for the FDNY, Mary T. McLaughlin; NYBC Vice President of Corporate and Community Relations, Rolf Kovenetsky; Department of City Administrative Services Commissioner Edna Wells Handy, FDNY firefighter donors and other FDNY officials.


FDNY Headquarters Audtiorium, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 11:00 a.m.



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

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