Doug Dicks, a New York City fireman and CRCA member, will be collecting gently used toys at Staten CX in memory of Fire Lt. Robert Ryan Jr. who died fighting a fire in New Brighton on Sunday, November 23rd. The toys will be passed along to Staten Island University Hospital’s burn ward and pediatric unit for their holiday toy drive.

Ryan, 46, was a 17 year veteran and father four. He started volunteering his time for the hospital burn center after suffering near career-ending burns in 2006 and spending a year at the hospital in excruciating rehab. To honor Ryan’s life and work, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving and the holidays, let’s do our best to help Doug collect toys for children in need.

Doug will have his truck in the parking lot and will do his best to hang some posters for the drive. Used toys are fine, but the center cannot accept fabric toys (e.g. stuffed animals). The SIUH Burn Center also accepts monetary donations. Please contact them at (718) 226-6988.