Thank you, first responders!

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Posted on Apr 03 2020
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Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios pose with members of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Station 1 in Susupe yesterday to personally thank and relay the community’s gratefulness to the first responders in the Commonwealth’s fight against COVID-19. (Office of the Governor)

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, yesterday, visited the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Station 1 in Susupe to personally thank and relay the community’s gratefulness to the first responders in the Commonwealth’s fight against COVID-19.

First responders include police officers, emergency medical technicians, physicians, nurses, firefighters, and many others who rush towards where there is a crisis, oftentimes, risking their own safety.

“Thank you for all the sacrifices,” Torres said. “I wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the sacrifices that you’re doing and continue to do. We have a long way to go.”

“Right now, I want to tell all of you…my concern is your safety and the safety of our community. At the end of the day, we all go home…to our families,” the governor added.

Palacios echoed Torres’ message and extended his gratitude to the families, and children, of first responders.

“On behalf of the greater Commonwealth community, thank you to each and everyone of you. We want you to know that we certainly appreciate your family, your children, for understanding. It’s hard. There’s no easy way to say this,” he said.

Palacios also reminded all first responders to do whatever is necessary to be safe, to practice social distancing, and to follow all the directives that the government is asking the public to observe, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “Take care of yourself, because if you take care of yourself, then you can take care of your family [and] you’re going to be able to take care of your community.”

The lieutenant governor also asked the DFEMS management and leadership to be on top of the needs of all members of the DFEMS family.

“This is a global issue. The danger of this is exponential, 10 times, a hundred times, a thousand times more than what we are used to. …Things are still evolving, new things come out everyday, but your community is grateful. The community depends on you to be safe,” Palacios added.

Iva Maurin | Author
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at iva_maurin@saipantribune.com
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