Central Texas firefighter meets FDNY counterpart he helped save

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NEW YORK CITY (KWTX) A Waco firefighter got the chance to meet the New York City firefighter whom he helped save with a bone marrow transplant.

Below is the press released for the FDNY:

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro and Christopher D. Hillyer, M.D., President and CEO of New York Blood Center (NYBC) added the names of 13 FDNY bone marrow donors to the “Honor Roll of Life.”

Two FDNY Firefighters who donated bone marrow also got the chance to meet their recipients for the first time at a ceremony at FDNY Headquarters – 9 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn.

During the ceremony Firefighter Robert Paolillo, 29, of Ladder Company 1 in Lower Manhattan got to meet the recipient of his life-saving bone marrow, Jeff Faller, 45, a father of three from Waco, Texas; and retired Lieutenant Kieran Brosnan, 50, of Engine Company 79 in the Bronx met the recipient of his life-saving bone marrow, Joseph Stike, 29, of York, Pennsylvania.

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 205 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.

The FDNY is the single largest group on NYBC’s bone marrow registry with more than 8,000 active and retired FDNY members on the potential donor list.