Firefighters honored for life-saving marrow donations

The News Leader

January 25, 2010 1:25:17 PM PST
There was an emotional reunion Monday between two FDNY firefighters and the recipients of their life-saving bone marrow. Firefighter Alex Lee, 27, donated to 55-year-old Gary Williams, of Mississippi. Williams suffered from leukemia, but now he enjoys life with his wife and two sons. Retired firefighter Billy Pollack, 47, donated to 50-year-old Patti Naasz, of California.

She also suffered from leukemia, but has gone on to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary and the birth of her first grandchild.

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano added Lee and Pollack to the "Honor Roll of Life," and a blood drive was held outside FDNY headquarters.

Both firefighters joined the "Be The Match" registry to be paired up with recipients. Pollack donated in 2003 and Lee in 2007.

To find out how you can give blood in New York and New Jersey, visit and click on "Locate a Blood Drive." You can also call 1-800-933-2566.

The National Marrow Donor Program is responsible for matching donors and recipients. CLICK HERE for more on the program and information about the Be The Match registry.