Some of those who helped coordinate or donate to the Alsip blood drives included (left to right): Jack Nance (Sprinkler Fitters Local 281), Rich Miller (Sprinkler Fitters Local 281), Alsip Village Clerk Deborah Venhuizen, Margaret Vaughn, Alsip Mayor Patrick Kitching, John Zubricks (Sprinkler Fitters Local 281), Alsip Fire Marshal Kevin Pickar, and Tom Lia (NIFSAB).[/caption] The Alsip Fire Department, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB) and the Illinois Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association recently organized two blood drives in Alsip as part of LifeSource’s “Everyday Heroes” program, which supports area fire departments. Blood drives were held on both January 14 and February 14 and garnered a total of 72 pints of blood, which exceeded the “Everyday Heroes” program requirements by 12 pints. “We are thankful for Jack Nance, director of training at Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, for coordinating the project on the union’s end; Local 281 Business Manager John Zubricks for the use of facilities for both drives; and for the sprinklerfitters and staff who donated blood,” says Tom Lia, executive director of the NIFSAB. “We are also thankful for Alsip Fire Chief Tom Styczynski, Fire Marshal Kevin Pickar, and the firefighters for participating, and Alsip Mayor Patrick Kitching for his overall support and personal interest, assistance with the drive, and his blood donation,” adds Lia. “Alsip should be proud to provide area hospitals with life-sustaining blood. Without Mayor Kitching’s participation, the drive could not have been successful.” Lia also thanked the LifeSource staff for helping coordinate the event, and the following industry folks for donating: Allen Metcalfe (F.E. Moran), Jerry Kennedy (NIFSAB), and Maryann Visin (Peg Paul & Associates), among many others.  ]]>