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New blood drives for Wallington Firefighter John Barnas set

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Blood drives are growing in support of John Barnas, a Wallington firefighter who is battling leukemia — with one coming up this Sunday and another the following weekend.

The Pascack Firemen’s Association is sponsoring this weekend’s drive:

TIME: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23
PLACE: Paramus Donor Center
1 West Ridgewood Ave., Paramus

The following weekend, the Oradell Volunteer Fire Department will hold its own drive.

TIME: 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29
PLACE: Oradell Firehouse
335 Kinderkamack Road

TO SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT FOR EITHER: (201) 646-7763 or (201) 251-3703 (Walk-ins are welcome, as well.)

Although Barnas needs O+ (pos) and O- (neg) all blood donations will be accepted. They’re sorely needed to keep the blood supply stocked.

And remember:

  • You must weigh more than 110 pounds
  • You must be in general good health
  • Bring ID with a signature

(Free cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, hemoglobin screenings with each donation.)

Barnas’s father, Fire Capt. Gregory Barnas, died in a Wallington restaurant fire late last month. He had been donating blood cells for John — whose brother, Kevin, is also a firefighter — as he undergoes chemotherapy.

Among those who’ve stepped up is the PFA, made up of firefighters from:

• Westwood
• Emerson
• Hillsdale
• Washington Township
• River Vale
• Old Tappan
• Woodcliff Lake
• Park Ridge

The group’s core mission is to help neighbors during times of need — whether at a fire scene or during a call for assistance any other time.

“The members of the Pascack Valley Firemen’s Association are happy to support the upcoming blood and platelet drive,” the association said. “Hopefully, our efforts to promote this worthy cause will spark interest from the community at large to join us as we support the Barnas family and Community Blood Services.”

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