NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Six years ago, firefighter Jeff Cool was one of six forced to bail out of a fourth floor window at an illegally subdivided tenement in the Bronx.

The fall killed two men and forever marked the day as “Black Sunday.”

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Even though Cool sustained crushing injuries, he survived thanks to the EMTs, doctors, nurses and everyday heroes like blood donors.

“By donating blood, you’re saving someone’s life and you’re a hero. I had 72 heroes save my life. I took 72 units of blood,” Cool said.

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The West Haverstraw Volunteer Fire House is hosting a blood drive on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the retired Rockland County firefighter is encouraging people to continue donating blood at any opportunity.

“Giving blood is a tremendous opportunity to give back to your community and possibly save somebody’s life,” Cool said.

Thanks to the severe winter weather, New York Blood Center officials said there is a shortage this season. Weather-related issues forced the Center to cancel many blood drives already, and now they’re trying to catch up.

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The fire house is located at 30 E. Railroad Ave. in West Haverstraw. Potential donors can call Joe Bertilino for an appointment at 845-629-3009 or e-mail jbert23@aol.com.