Service of Heroes II

March 19th, 2020

Categories: Doctors, Hero, Retail

There are many heroes these days who face the dangers of coronavirus while many of us have the luxury of being able to work remotely. Cashiers at grocery and other stores, apartment and office building staff, construction workers, firemen, policemen, doctors and nurses, radio and TV production staff and reporters to name just some.

Regardless of pay they are on the front lines in contact with potential germs.

From the start we’ve been told most at risk for this virus are older people and yet, as Julia Marsh reported in the New York Post, “In just a single day, one thousand retired and private practice doctors and nurses answered City Hall’s cry for help, volunteering to join the Big Apple’s medical reserve and help treat their fellow New Yorkers stricken with coronavirus.” The underline is mine.

The owner/founder of the Union Square Hospitality Group, Danny Meyer, has laid off 80 percent of the staff in his 19 restaurants–2.000 people. He’s not the only one. What else can he do?

These employees and millions like them with nowhere else to work will need the help and support of heroes to keep them afloat at a time when millions of others have seen their savings evaporate. In future such small businesses may be forced to set aside money for such crises. The public will pay more but what other choice?

Here’s to all the heroes and bless them. Can you identify some in your life? Will you thank these heroes for going to work in spite of the danger?

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4 Responses to “Service of Heroes II”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    Society is not in the habit of rewarding the worthiest of its members, and when this horror blows over, most heroic acts will remain unsung. In scrabbling around for a positive, perhaps some exposure to the virus may result in a degree of resistance and that a large majority of those forced to remain in public service will sustain minimum harm.

    Since elements of a vaccine include some degree of a given malady, why shouldn’t outside exposure work the same way for some? Then there are those who are naturally immune, and others who may have a built up resistance resulting from past bouts with related ailments.

    I’m no Pollyanna, and see no speedy end to this crisis, but there may be some validity to this argument, or the human population may have vanished in 1347.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I hope that you are right–wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a benefit of immunity to future scourges for those who put their lives on the line today in jobs many in no way associate with heroism.

    To illustrate your point: My dentist had a dental hygienist for years–long before dental staff wore masks and gloves–who said she never caught a flu or cold from a patient. And I understand that after a while pre-school and kindergarten teachers eventually no longer catch colds from their charges.

    I appreciate positive twists especially in these uncertain times. Thank you.

  3. Martha Takayama Said:

    Jeannie, I completely agree with you about the heroic nature of all those in the health and service positions who make it possible for our lives to go on despite incalculable risks to themselves. The bright, gracious and fearless security agents who work at 20 Park Plaza office building as well as our impeccable maintenance staff are truly heroes. My friend Natalie Ho, a brilliant pediatric nurse (She holds an MBA and left business for nursing) in San Francisco who confronts the unexpected with dedication, fearlessness and humor every day is a heroine. All the doctors and medical support staff, firemen, police, journalists, and transportation workers are also heroes. Young people offering to run errands for those more at risk or unable to go out are also heros. A bittersweet result of the current pandemic is that many ordinary people are acting in heroic fashion perhaps without even realizing the significance of their acts.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    You identify all the reasons we must repeatedly thank these workers as we meet them.

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