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Blood drive in Commack honors fallen Suffolk police officer

The event has been held every year since Glen Ciano was killed by a drunken driver in 2009, officials said.

Suffolk County Police Department Chief Stuart Cameron, on

Suffolk County Police Department Chief Stuart Cameron, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, announces the blood drive honoring Suffolk County Police Officer Glen Ciano, who was killed by a drunken driver in 2009. Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

The Suffolk County Police Department and the Commack Fire Department host their annual blood drive Saturday in honor of a Suffolk County police officer who died in the line of duty.

The blood drive will be held at the Commack Fire Department at 6309 Jericho Tpke., Commack, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event has been held every year since Officer Glen Ciano was killed by a drunken driver on Feb. 22, 2009, and more than 220 donations were made last year, officials said.

Police, fire and other officials were scheduled to hold a news conference Friday to publicize the blood drive.

“This year’s blood drive is especially timely because there is a shortage of blood donations due to the aggressive flu epidemic,” the police department said in a news release.

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