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The Power of Pandemic First Responders
First responders are the “tip of the spear” for community service and safety. Firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and others dedicate themselves to the well-being of others, often sacrificing individual needs and aspirations along the way. Comprising a broad range of professional and personal skills, Worcester’s first responders were invaluable in the fight against COVID-19.
While governments across the country closed businesses and ordered citizens to shelter in place, first responders, healthcare workers, corrections officers, and local officials served their communities on the frontlines. For many first responders, the pandemic year introduced a new set of challenges, professionally and personally, to an already strenuous job. At the same time, the pandemic powerfully highlighted the importance of these individuals and the daily pressures they face in their struggle to balance duty and personal commitments—and therein lies the power of pandemic first responders.