MCFRS News Release

Blood Drive in Memory of Fire Fighter

Silver Spring Fire Station to Host Blood Drive

On Sunday, October 22, 2006 a special Blood Drive in memory of Montgomery County Firefighter Carlos Alfaro, Jr. is being held at the Silver Spring, Fire Station #16, located at 111 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring. The blood drive will be held from 10:00am - 6:00pm.

On Friday, September 1, 2006 Montgomery County Fire Fighter Carlos Alfaro, Jr., age 36, succumbed to a long illness and died at Georgetown Hospital. He is survived by a wife, daughter and extended family. His father and brother-in-law are Montgomery County firefighters, as well.

Firefighter Carlos Alfaro, Jr. was operated on in February 2006 and became very ill and remained in the hospital. As a liver transplant recipient nine years ago, this latest illness caused his liver to be less efficient and not produce sufficient coagulating blood factors that caused him to be in constant need of blood transfusions. He was a patient of Georgetown Hospital ICU for the last seven months.

Montgomery County Fire Chief Tom Carr noted, “He was an extraordinary person, obviously loved by family, co-workers and throughout the community. He was truly loved and respected because of his dedication to serve others.” He is a native Peruvian. His father, Firefighter Carlos Alfaro Sr. has been in the fire service for over 30 years and Carlos Alfaro Jr. for 18 years.

This father and son 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 families 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. He was very involved in a special after school mentoring program for at risk Hispanic youths at the Rolling Terrace Elementary School, in Silver Spring.

Fire Fighter Alfaro had past affiliations with Volunteer Fire and Rescue Associations in Montgomery and the Prince George’s County, the Maryland State Firemen’s Association and the Takoma Park Lion’s Club, as well as other local community and church groups. He was a charter member of the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Fire Fighters. He spent most of career as a Montgomery County firefighter working in the Silver Spring area. He was most recently assigned to the Emergency Communications Center in Gaithersburg.

To donate blood, make an appointment in English call Steve Mann 301-440-9294. Spanish speakers are asked to call Stephanie Herrera 301-467-7867.