07/23/2009

Blood drive in memory of N.J. officer draws hundreds

By Carly Rothman
Star-Ledger

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Dozens of somber Jersey City police officers began gathering early today to honor one of their own, standing shoulder to shoulder with more than 300 civilians, law enforcement officers and firefighters from across the state.

They held not a vigil or a memorial service, but a blood drive at a Jersey City office building, recalling Detective Marc DiNardo's generous nature -- and the hundreds of pints of blood used in the effort to save his and other officers' lives after a shootout last week with an armed robbery suspect.

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