David Lerner Associates Staff Give Blood for Injured FDNY Firefighter
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Pictured (left to right): Ken Johnson, Syosset Fire Department, David Lerner, President of DLA, Robert Wiedmann, Sr., Irene Wiedmann, Martin Walcoe, Executive Vice President of Sales at DLA, Rande Hirsch, Executive Vice President of Facilities at DLA
David Lerner Associates (DLA) and the Syosset Fire Department sponsored a blood drive on Tuesday, January 31st, to benefit FDNY Firefighter Robert Wiedmann, who was severely burned while battling a Brooklyn fire in December.
Weidmann sustained third degree burns on more than half of his body and has been hospitalized ever since. Weidman has Type O negative blood and is in constant need of transfusions as he undergoes weekly grafting surgeries, said drive organizer Rande Hirsch. 112 pints of blood were collected at the event, with all donations of Type O negative blood going directly to Firefighter Wiedmann's recovery.
"We are proud to be able to support our local emergency workers in their time of need," said David Lerner, founder and president of David Lerner Associates "We hope that this event will help to expedite the recovery of Firefighter Wiedmann and raise awareness about the ever-present need for blood donations. Many of these individuals are volunteers who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our communities, a sacrifice that deserves our utmost respect and gratitude."
The drive was attended by Firefighter Wiedmann's parents, Irene and Robert Wiedmann, Sr., who were able to personally thank some of the many donors who turned out in support of their son. Irene Wiedmann has been an employee at David Lerner Associates for the past 17 years. Rande Hirsch, who organized the blood drive also works for David Lerner Associates. She organized the blood drive to show the firm's support for the Weidmanns and their son.
Type O-negative donors who wish their blood to go to Fireman Weidmann can designate group number 6632 when they donate blood at any site.