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Al Fischer, 83, of Massapequa donates his 333rd

Al Fischer, 83, of Massapequa donates his 333rd pint of blood at the Long Island Blood Center in Melville. (Oct. 19, 2011) Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas

For 60 years Al Fischer has donated blood more often than most people change their car's oil.

He's given a pint every two months since 1951, without fail.

At the age of 83, the print shop worker showed no signs of slowing down Wednesday as he rolled up his sleeve at a Melville blood center, offering a technician his right arm.

"I don't even feel it, really," Fischer said as the needle pierced his skin.

The latest donation -- his 333rd pint -- helped secure the Massapequa man's rank as the top donor in New York and possibly the nation.


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