From the Chairman
COVID-19 Line of Duty Deaths
Facebook’s “The Officer Down Memorial Page” had a recent article about First Responders who have died during the Corona Virus Pandemic. A report predicts Covid-19 could double the overall line of duty deaths among first responders this year. Our Firefighters, Paramedics, and Law Enforcement Officers are risking their lives by continuing to perform their duties in our communities. Contact with the people they have sworn to protect are leading them to line of duty deaths. If you could ask them if knowing how contagious the virus is if they would continue to risk their lives the answer would be a resounding, “YES!”.
The report stated that so far during the pandemic just over one hundred Law Enforcement Officers have made the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of this deadly virus. Reported deaths of Paramedics and other First Responders (Firefighters, Paramedics, Nurses, etc..) are as follows to date: paramedics thirty-eight, firefighters forty-five and there isn’t a report for nurses but I remember from Television News coverage from New York City during the first months of the pandemic that many hospital workers had lost their lives in their battle to care for their patients. Considering these statistics, remember we are not over this pandemic. If your Law & Order Chairman is planning a First Responder of the Year ceremony, please continue to follow CDC guidelines. Or for that matter at any of our American Legion functions we should maintain safety standards.
Salute to All, For God and Country.
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Law & Order Chair