Blood Drive to be Held Friday for Injured Firefighter

7 Online - December 28, 2011

by Margie Mohtashemi, Eyewitness News

NEW YORK (WABC) -- There is a need for blood donors to help a badly burned New York City firefighter.

The New York Blood Center says the immediate need for O-negative blood for Robert Wiedmann has been met.

However, more may be needed for his upcoming surgeries.

Wiedmann was burned over 50% of his body while battling a fire in Crown Heights last week. He remains in critical condition.

A special blood drive will be held in his honor on Friday at the Baldwin Fire Department.

Firefighter James Gersbeck also was injured but less severely.

The blood drive on Friday will be held from 2-8:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Fire Headquarters, 2386 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, NY.

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