It's hard to forget the horrific fire that tore through a brownstone in Crown Heights on December 19th. In it, 38-year-old Robert Wiedmann sustained severe burns over half of his body.
Doctors say it could take a year to reach a full recovery, so family, friends and fellow firefighters organized several blood drives to help out.
"It's the type of thing firefighters do. We help our neighbors and that's what we're trying to do here," Deputy Chief Christopher Neville said.
Rob is scheduled to have at least one surgical procedure a week over the next six to eight weeks. During them, he will need O Negative blood, a type that only 7 percent of Americans have. Today's drive at the Baldwin Fire Department on Long Island brought out hundreds of volunteers and eventually all types of blood donations were welcome.
We met up with Felicia Clark as she was giving blood. She's also a burn victim and says she understands how difficult recovery can be
"It's very painful and very hard to describe. He's got a long road ahead of him but he's strong and he's got support. I believe he'll do well," Felicia said.
It's the support people day they hope to give along with their donations.
To find out more about how you can donate call: 1-800-933-2566