Words: Leeta Liepins
Photo by Kevin Mills / Mission Record
Over the years, our popular television dramas have romanticized frontline workers. The lives of these professionals have been portrayed as filled with intrigue and fascination as they move from episode to episode, effortlessly falling in love and saving lives—at times doing both simultaneously!
The truth is undoubtedly a vastly different story for our hard-working firefighters, police officers, EMTs, paramedics and emergency room nurses and doctors.
For our heroes working to keep us safe during the pandemic, the reality is assuredly grittier and more depressing than portrayed. Exposed daily to an overwhelming and ever-increasing number of emergencies due to COVID-19 and its destructive fallout, these courageous people work longer hours, coping with conditions for which some aren’t entirely trained. The alarming global state of affairs has brought about countless unforeseen situations that could not have been predicted by any experts.
First responders have had to confront a multitude of mental health issues coupled with an overwhelming increase in drug overdoses. The horrific COVID-19 virus has added yet another layer of complexity to these delicate yet dangerous interactions that go on daily, even hourly, and typically far from the eyes of our average reader.
Consider the fact that these incredible humans persevere amid disaster and the constant challenges they face to do their jobs within our community.The next time you hear that siren wail, express a well-deserved thank you to these dedicated men and women on the frontline. Remember that these are the people who go above and beyond to provide a much-needed modicum of comfort while the world weighs heavy with worry and fear of what the future has in store.