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Press Releases / 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2014



FDNY Firefighter Who Donated Bone Marrow Will Meet Recipient 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 13 FDNY bone marrow donors to the “Honor Roll of Life” at the 10th annual induction ceremony, on Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn.

During the ceremony, Firefighter Christopher Howard, 31, of Engine 255 in Brooklyn will meet the recipient of his life-saving bone marrow, John Ciempa, 66, from Lakewood, Florida.  In 2010, John was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a rare bone marrow disorder in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells.  After several months of chemotherapy, John was told that without a bone marrow match he would only have three to six months to live.  In May of 2012, John received the life-saving bone marrow transplant from Firefighter Christopher Howard.

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 162 FDNY members have given these gifts to patients – in some cases more than once – accounting for more than 10 percent of all donors from New York Blood Center. 

For a list of NYBC blood drives and donor center locations in NY and NJ, please visit and click on the “Locate a Blood Drive” link or call 1-800-933-2566. 


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; Director of FDNY Bureau of Health Services, Mary T. McLaughlin; FDNY firefighter donors and other FDNY officials.


FDNY Headquarters Auditorium – 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY


Wednesday, January 29 – 11:00 a.m.


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


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