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Release ID: 06-021
Contact: Pete Piringer 240-777-2474

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Blood Drive to Assist Two Montgomery County Firefighters
After Years of Giving to the Community - Father and Son Firefighting Duo Needs Help!

A Blood Drive to assist and honor two Montgomery County Firefighters Carlos Alfaro, Sr. and Carlos Alfaro, Jr. will take place on Friday, May 19, 2006 at the Silver Spring Fire Station 16, located at 111 University Blvd. East from 1:00pm -6:00pm.

In September 2005, Firefighter Carlos Alfaro, Sr. had surgery and received many units of blood and was later diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, for which he is currently under going treatment. Hopefully he will be a candidate for a bone marrow transplant, which will help with treating this type of cancer. His son, Firefighter Carlos Alfaro, Jr. was operated on in February 2006 and became very ill losing many units of blood. After receiving countless blood transfusions his life was saved. Carlos Alfaro, Jr. continues to receive blood transfusions periodically. As a liver transplant recipient nine years ago, this latest illness has caused his liver to be less efficient and not produce sufficient coagulating blood factors that causes him to be in constant need of blood transfusions. Both father and son are dealing with difficult health issues. Doctor’s believe the blood transfusions have been life saving and as result both men are with us today.

These two firefighters are extraordinary people, loved by family, co-workers and throughout the community. They are truly loved and respected because of there dedication to serve others. Both are native Peruvians. Firefighters Carlos Alfaro Sr. has been in the fire service for over 30 years and Carlos Alfaro Jr. for 18 years. This duo of public servants and their families have been generous with their time dedicated to serving the Hispanic community by aiding, translating, recruiting and educating on many different levels. Over the years, they even collected and sent surplus American fire apparatus and protective gear to Peruvian firefighters. Locally, during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays they very quietly collect food, toys and even Christmas decorations and deliver to many families in need in and around Montgomery County.

And now during their time of need, their family is asking the community to come together and donate blood and experience the gift of life.

Firefighter Carlos Alfaro, Sr. is widely known because he is the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) chief cameraman, video producer, photographer and video editor for over 15 years. Many of his productions have been seen at local, state and even national events and gatherings. He spends countless hours involved in studio production and assisting with child car safety seat installations at the MCFRS Community services Building in Aspen Hill. Firefighter Carlos Alfaro, Jr. is currently hospitalized, but was most recently assigned to the Emergency Communication Center, in Gaithersburg.

To donate blood, make an appointment in English call Fire Lieutenant Steve Mann 301-440-9294 or in Spanish call Jorge Alfaro 202-302-0898

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