Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino encourages residents to mark their calendars for May 22, 2017, when the widow of Ex-Chief Richard Dellacona and the Westbury Fire Department will be hosting a blood drive at the Westbury Fire Department in Dellacona’s memory. Ex-Chief Dellacona died as a result of illnesses related to his service at Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Dellacona was an assistant principal at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens. He spent more than 33 years serving his community as a member of the Westbury Fire Department, where he served as chief from 2001-2004. He participated in the search and rescue operation as a volunteer firefighter.
“I was extremely moved when I heard that Ex-Chief Dellacona’s widow, Fortunate JoAnn Schulz wanted to initiate a blood drive in his memory,” said Supervisor Santino. “He was a hero in life as a firefighter and now, as the impetus for this blood drive. There is the potential for him to continue to save hundreds of more lives.”
Ms. Schulz noted that she had decided to do this blood drive because so many people helped Richard and his family during his illness. Now that some time had passed, she felt that she wanted to be able to ‘pay it forward’ in recognition of that generosity.
Every day approximately 40,000 pints of blood are needed in the United States, however, only 10 percent of those who are eligible to donate blood do so. In addition to blood needed for accidents or emergencies, blood is frequently needed for those being treated for cancer, orthopedic surgeries, blood disorders and more.
The blood drive will take place on May 22, 2017, from 2 to 8 p.m. It will be held at the Westbury Fire Department, 355 Maple Avenue, Westbury.
“I encourage all our local residents to honor the memory of this heroic firefighter and take a few moments out of your day on May 22nd to donate blood. You too will be a hero,” concluded Santino.