Brooklyn firefighter Christopher Howard meets bone marrow recipient John Ciempa

The 31-year-old donated the bone marrow that saved the life of a 66-year-old from Florida. (1/29/14)

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn firefighter met the man whose life he saved, not from flames, but from a deadly disease.  

Christopher Howard, 31, donated the bone marrow that 66-year-old John Ciempa, of Florida, needed to survive.

The two met and hugged at FDNY headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn as part of the Honor Roll of Life induction ceremony, where 13 firefighters, who have donated marrow, got their names printed on a plaque.

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Ciempa says that when he was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disorder, he was only given up to six months to live without a transplant match.

The FDNY now has 162 members who have donated bone marrow.

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