The Breton Woods Fire Company will host a blood drive this weekend in support of FDNY Firefighter Robert Weidmann, who was severely injured in the line of duty in December.
Chief Jim Riccio said the blood drive will be held this Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Breton Woods fire house, located at 510 Aurora Place. The drive will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Weidmann, a member of the elite FDNY Rescue 2 team in Brooklyn, was injured Dec. 19 when he became trapped on the top floor of a brownstone while searching for potential fire victims. He became engulfed in flames as he was making his way to the front window of the building, according to the Rescue 2 official website.
After being rescued from the building, Weidmann was transported to Cornell Burn Center in Manhattan where he was treated for second and third degree burns over 54 percent of his body.
Shortly after the fire, the Rescue 2 Mayday Fund began asking for blood donations for Weidmann, and soon fire companies across the region began holding their own blood drives in his honor.
Riccio said Weidmann's family has been assured he'll have a supply of blood for ongoing burn treatments.
In addition to blood donations, monetary donations will be accepted at the drive to support the Rescue 2 Mayday Fund, which will support Weidmann and his family – which includes his wife, Cathy; son, Ryan; and daughter, Erin – with expenses while he is recovering.