“I am a sergeant with the NYPD. As you know, NYC has been the epicenter of the pandemic and our Department has been thrown right into the center of it all. Our officer sick rate went above 20%, which is incredibly unprecedented and many non patrol officers had to be reassigned to help out patrol precincts. As of 2 days ago, we lost 33 NYPD employees, including both officer and civilian members, to the virus, and many more are still in the hospital. From enforcing social distancing, to ensuring all non essential businesses are closed, to ensuring city playgrounds are clear, to responding to the new influx of calls regarding violations of social distancing and related orders and finally to all of the regular crime complaints and 911 calls for help, our department and its officers have been stretched thin and exposed to various health and safety risks unlike ever before. Furthermore, due to all of the varied duties the department undertakes on regular basis and due to personnel shortages, many NYPD officers have been fortunate enough to have the ability to work overtime and supplement their income during the pre-Covid days. As you know, NYC is the most expensive city in the nation and our police salaries are not adequately reflected in that fact. So considering the city’s Covid-related budget shortfalls, many officers no longer have the opportunities to supplement their income with the same amount of overtime as during the pre-Covid days. Hence, I am immensely thankful to the First Responders Children’s Foundation for their support of law enforcement in this time of need!”
My parents are both in their late 50’s with significant medical history. I unfortunately work as an EMT in one of the hot spots for COVID-19 in New Jersey. My father recently fell and broke his femur–he’s in a rehab facility. So, it was just me and my mother at home when the pandemic began. As the cases mounted in my area of work, my mother grew increasingly anxious about me being in the house with her. Then one day, she called me hysterically anxious. She was terrified about me coming home every day and exposing her to the virus. So, we decided it was best for me to find a new place to stay for now. That same day I got the call from my employer that I had been exposed and needed to begin self-monitoring. So that day I moved out. At first it was rough. Being in a hotel by yourself every night was taxing. Having to work more to afford the hotel was the last thing I really wanted to do during all of this. Thankfully with the help of First Responders Children’s Foundation I was able to move to a nicer hotel and avoid too many extra shifts. I call my parents every day to check on them. Making sure they are well and staying inside. Work continues to be stressful. I’ve seen more death in the last month then I have in the other 7 years I’ve been in EMS. But now I’m 100% more comfortable knowing my mother is safer without me coming in and out of the home. I’m extremely grateful for the help the First Responders Children’s Foundation gave me. I was also surprised how simple it was. I filled out the form in the evening, with no expectations. The next morning when I woke up the grant was in my account.
This Emergency Room Nurse risks her health to care for Michiganders afflicted by COVID. She and her husband have four young children at home. His work is considered non-essential, but his commission-based income was essential to meeting their financial needs. Your donations will help this young family keep afloat until the father can start earning again.
A firefighter puts his life on the line to keep South Carolinian families safe. But with schools out and relatives in quarantine, he is struggling to pay the sky-high price of crisis childcare in the midst of this pandemic. Your donations are helping him remain on the frontline of this crisis.
In this two-hero household, a FDNY paramedic commutes an hour to report to his station in the city, where his job is to rescue COVID victims from their homes and bring them to the hospital. His partner was a nurse at a hard-hit hospital, until she came down with COVID. Now that she’s quarantined, your donations help meet their mortgage.