Guest Op-Ed: Thank You to Our First Responders and Healthcare Workers. You Are the True Heroes

By First Lady of Everett, Mrs. Stacy DeMaria

In mid-March, the lives of many Americans drastically changed. In the blink of an eye, we were stuck inside of our homes, afraid of a deadly and novel disease that plagued our world, our country, our State, and our home – the City of Everett. At a time when most of us were afraid to venture outside to acquire the necessities for ourselves and our families, our first responders and healthcare workers stepped up in a way that we could never have imagined. They displayed their unwavering commitment to our City and its residents by fearlessly putting themselves at risk while working long hours to ensure our community was safe. They showed us all who they truly are – heroes.

During this year’s condensed Crimson Kids program, Carlo and I invited the children to join us in displaying our gratitude to the first responders and healthcare workers in our City. With the help of the children and City workers, we built and designed flower boxes for the Everett Police Department, Everett Fire Department, and Cambridge Health Alliance. Although this is a small token of gratitude, it exemplifies the principles that our City and our community believe in so strongly: unity, perseverance, and teamwork.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank our fearless first responders and healthcare workers. I am grateful for your dedication and your sacrifice to our City.

Stacy DeMaria is the wife of Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria.

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