ONCE AGAIN, THE FIRE SERVICE IS A SECOND FAMILY
Photo by Tony GrecoLodi ex-Chief Anthony Maiolo, left, and kidney donor Nancy Scaramuzzo, enjoyed a family dinner together after a successful kidney transplant operation for the Lodi volunteer firefighter.
Anthony Maiolo has been a volunteer firefighter in Lodi for 26 ½ years. He is well known in the South Bergen fire service, and served as the department's chief in 2011.
Several years ago, Maiolo lost a leg to diabetes. After recovery, he continues to serve his community, and he is still an active member the fire department.
More health issues ensued. The ex-chief suffered from complete kidney failure, and he was in desperate need of a donor. His search for a donor included asking for help on social media. He was also interviewed on a local TV news report in 2022.
Tony Greco, ex-chief of the Hasbrouck Heights V.F.D., and a retired Hackensack fire dispatcher, saw the information on Facebook. Greco's fiancé, Nancy Scaramozzo, read the post. She asked Greco, “Can I get tested?” She was in a blood donation center a week later and the results of the test was a match!
Greco's son, Michael, who is currently the volunteer fire chief in Hasbrouck Heights and a career firefighter in Hackensack, had the honor of making the notification to the Lodi Brother. A donor match was found: “It's my dad's girlfriend!”
The elder Greco said there was “disbelief at first, then tears of joy!”.
Nancy continued a comprehensive series of testing at Cooperman St. Barnanas Medical Center, in Livingston. She was in perfect health and apprised of the risks involved. She gave the go ahead for the transplant, Greco said.
The transplant operation took place in Livingston on June 13th. “Both Nancy and Anthony are feeling great,” Greco added.
In August, the Maiolo and Greco families celebrated with a restaurant dinner.
God Bless transplant donors.