Tottenville blood drive will honor the memory of 9/11 firefighters


STATEN ISLAND, NY – An annual blood drive will be held in Tottenville on Saturday in memory of John G. Chipura, an FDNY firefighter who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

Chipura also served as a United States Navy and city police officer. He began his life of community service as an Eagle Scout.

An annual blood drive is the perfect way to honor him, said his brother, Gerard Chipura, of Tottenville.

“It’s a great way to remember and honor John’s life and the sacrifice he and so many other victims made at the Trade Center on 911,” he said. “Giving blood, educating people about the importance of giving and the fact that so many people can come together and help others immediately is why we do it every year. “

Donating blood is particularly critical now, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Chipura said.

“There is, unfortunately, a whole new group of people who can benefit from donated blood and plasma, and these are COVID patients,” said Chipura, himself FDNY captain at Engine Co. 164, Huguenot. “Besides the many cancer patients, newborns, sickle cell patients and trauma victims who receive life-saving blood, there is now hope for COVID patients, who can be treated with convalescent plasma. to help them recover. “

Since Boy Scout Troop 21 started the John G. Chipura Blood Drive 19 years ago, the Chipura family, friends and members of the NYPD, FDNY and BSA have donated over 1,000 pints of blood to the memory of Chipura.

The blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice RC church. Appointments are required and all COVID-19 social distancing guidelines will be followed. To make an appointment, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit:

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with written consent from parent or legal guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health, according to the New York Blood Center. Those aged 16-18 have additional height and weight restrictions.

All donors:

  • Must wear a mask or face covering.
  • Will have their temperature taken.
  • Must be symptom-free for 14 days if recovering from COVID-19.
  • Cannot donate if they have a positive diagnostic test or have had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Cannot donate if currently under self-quarantine restrictions per New York State guidelines.

Donors should eat well and drink plenty of fluids before donating. They will be asked to present a blood donor card or identity document.

Chipura is shown with the late former representative Guy V. Molinari on a tour of Beruit, Lebanon.

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