Many first responders are becoming ill with flu-like symptoms. This is additionally complex because it is can be hard to tell the difference between various illnesses. COVID-19, seasonal flu, and severe allergies occasionally share symptoms. Consequently, a growing number are not going home. This is out of the fear of getting their families sick. Some are even sleeping at the office or in their duty vehicles, and taking extra shifts.
Some Veterans, like retired Captain Scott Davidson, have decided to take action. Davidson has sent hundreds of pizzas to Police Service Area 7 of the NYPD. PSA 7 is located in the Bronx, a borough of New York City.
This is a great example of private citizens making efforts to keep local businesses afloat. Furthermore, giving first responders one less thing to worry about. As a result, if some are not feeling well, they can limit contact with their family and lessen the strain of those who commute daily.
Police Lieutenant Eric Dym, a former Marine, told us “This means a lot to us, we appreciate it very much.”
Other Veterans have found creative ways to help, such as donating supplies or food. This allows fire, EMS and police the ability to focus on helping those in need.