PATERSON, NJ - Paterson firefighters will hold their annual blood drive on Tuesday.

The drive, in existence for more than forty years, is named in honor of Father John Piccione who served as chaplain for the Paterson Fire Department for nearly ten years until his death in 2009.  

Donors are invited to visit the Bill Pascrell Jr. Fire Headquarters, 300 McBride Avenue, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to make their potentially life saving donation.

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All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, bring an ID, and are advised to eat a meal prior to and drink plenty of water both before and after donating. As an incentive for participating donors will receive their choice of a pint of ice cream from Guernsey Crest or a beverage from Duffy’s Tavern

“Father Piccione gave so much of himself to the Paterson community and to the members of the Paterson Fire Department,” Paterson Fire Battalion Chief Mike Trommelen who organized the event previously said. “This blood drive, where everyone who participates can save a life, is a fitting tribute to his legacy.”

 Editor’s Note: The publisher of TAPinto Paterson also serves as a spokesman for Paterson FMBA Local 2.

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