Blood Drive Set Saturday in Honor of Suffolk Officer

The Commack Fire Department will host a blood drive Saturday in honor of a Suffolk County police officer who was killed by a drunk driver.

Officer Glen Ciano was responding to a call on Feb.22, 2009 when he was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of Vanderbilt Parkway and Commack Drive.

Medical experts have been warning for weeks tht there is a nationwide blood emergency and a chronic shortage of blood supplies in New York. There is only a one-day supply of Types O-, O+, B-, as well as a critical shortage of platelets, far below the ideal seven-day inventory of blood products.

The 14th annual drive will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the department, 6309 Jericho Turnpike in Commack.

Jose Borbon of Plainview, who admitted to driving drunk and talking on his cellphone, was sentenced in 2011 to one and a half to four years in prison.

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