Back when this pandemic first hit we all watched in awe as so many nurses, doctors, first responders and health care workers risked their own health to care for those who contracted the coronavirus. The countless hours, the fight for proper PPE, the separation from family and friends… these braves souls suffered through all of it, while still not knowing much about it at that point.
Those of us on the sidelines watched with complete respect and admiration. We showered these heroes with weekly gatherings outside our homes to clap in their honor, numerous media shout-outs and recognition of their work. At some point, we got complacent and the show of love and respect eased.
Here we are nearly a year later and the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is at an all time high. Let’s take advantage of this day to say thank you to our heroes, again, on this National Hero Day.
Let’s take a look at a few of the heroes out there…
A NICU nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center raised thousands for the manager at Aquitaine in Chestnut Hill after he personally delivered a Christmas dinner to her at the hospital while she was working a 12-hour shift. VIDEO: https://t.co/pwGgOCZjF7— NBC10 Boston (@NBC10Boston) December 26, 2020
Today, on #NationalHeroDay we want to give thanks to the 6 officers that evacuated 2nd Ave. on Christmas Day. You, and all our first responders, make us proud to call Nashville home. THANK YOU!!— Bridgestone Arena (@BrdgstoneArena) December 29, 2020
Tufts MC Emergency Department Nurse Kaitlin Hagstrom thought she was going to a performance review. Instead, she was given a new car by @NHLBruins star right wing @pastrnak96. https://t.co/vAatBCusyJ @BostonGlobe— Tufts Medical Center (@TuftsMedicalCtr) December 24, 2020
“They have all their own worries about their families, and yet they come to work every day, and they’re just remarkable and extraordinary.” CNO Maddy Pearson sums up the appreciation felt for Brigham nurses in this May @wbz piece. #BrighamYearInReview #4https://t.co/PkpUTPp9jP— Brigham and Women's (@BrighamWomens) December 29, 2020
Commonly referred to as the “Best Program Director in America”, here is Dr. John Mullen vaccinating resident Dr. Sarah Marx. Volunteering their time with his wife Melissa Mullen, R.N., on Christmas Day to protect our frontline staff???????? ❤️ @MGHSurgery @MassGeneralNews pic.twitter.com/gfntBbNsUp— Motaz Qadan, MD, PhD (@motazqadan) December 25, 2020