A THANK YOU TO OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS

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Chuck Franklin Law thanks our frontline workers nationwide. Thank you for serving our community and our loved ones during these troubling times.

INTRODUCTION

 

It takes an incredible of selflessness to rush towards a pandemic such as COVID-19. Frontline workers such as doctors, nurses, healthcare providers are only a few who have met the call to save lives. Many times, these individuals risk their own safety in order to serve.

This article is not law related, but an appreciation post: meant to highlight our frontline heroes during these troubling times. This article salutes Darwin Longfellow, a nurse who put others before herself, and the rest of the healthcare community.

SALUTING DARWIN LONGFELLOW

 

Back in 2020, Dunlop Motorcycle and Tires created the Humble Heroes project, and asked people to nominate their own healthcare heroes. One nominee would be awarded a 2020 XL 1200 Sportster Roadster. As Mike Buckley, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing stated:

“We quickly realized the impact the pandemic had on first responders, so we focused on giving something back to them to honor their efforts.”

Amongst the many people who were nominated—Dunlap Motorcycle chose Darwin Longfellow—a physician assistant. Based out of Taos, New Mexico, she was nominated multiple times by several people. True to her community, Darwin constantly encouraged folks to mask-up, and stay safe during this pandemic. Besides serving her community, she spends her time riding motorcycles in Taos and other areas of New Mexico.

Here are what a few individuals said about her nomination:

“When her colleagues were afraid of becoming sick and insisting on only doing phone visits, Darwin was standing in a hot blacktop parking lot in the middle of the summer, overheating in mask, gown, face shield and gloves, explaining CDC guidelines to her community members in easy-to-understand terms. She also did COVID testing clinics during summer monsoons and insane wind bursts in Taos.”

—Brooke Samples

“When I first met Darwin Longfellow, it was all about motorcycles. We shared a love of the open road, and the wonders of the desert on two wheels. I learned that Darwin had recently graduated from a Physician Assistant program and was working in a health clinic in rural Northern New Mexico. I was immediately impressed by her passionate dedication to her work, and we became fast friends.

In addition to daily COVID-19 test screenings, Darwin provides safety-net care for patients with needs regarding pregnancy, Diabetes, Hepatitis C, and drug addiction. The clinic operates in one of the most impoverished areas of the United States and provides care regardless of ability of a patient to pay, which protects the uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented.

Darwin loves the open road, and once told me that, ‘Being motorcycle people, we love to move on.’ When the work is done and Darwin can resume her pre-pandemic routine, I can’t think of a better way for her to ‘move on’ than to hit the roads of Northern New Mexico on a new Harley-Davidson.”

—Scott Toepfer

“As a fellow healthcare provider, I have been humbled by Darwin’s selfless service to her patients. She has met her community where they are, and cared for them with limited resources and support, working diligently to practice preventive medicine and protect her community both within and outside of the clinic. In a group that prides itself on service to others, she, without a doubt, stands among the highest tier.”

— Kelley Rutter

“During the start of COVID, she was the first-person doing testing in our community open to any and all who wanted to be tested. She put herself in danger to help people. Darwin has put her life aside in order to assure others are being taken care of during these hard times. I wish I could just insert her in this essay so y’all could meet her in person. Knowing her is loving her. She is such a badass young woman with so much to give in this world.”

—Ashley Rolshoven

Meant to highlight healthcare workers and first responders, Dunlop felt that Darwin’s story “stood out” and “hit all of us the hardest”.

To visit Darwin’s blog, click here.

ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN OUR OWN ARIZONA COMMUNITY

 

Many, like Darwin, have given without seeking reward during this pandemic. Police, firefighters, grocery store workers, postal workers, public transportation workers, mental health employees, and farmers put themselves in harm’s way daily, so each and everyone of us can stay and remain safe.

Local heroes, like Arizona Cardinal Quarterback Kyler Murray, is partnering with Snickers to help support Arizona’s frontline workers. TAGCarts CEO Tagg Neal—a Northern Arizona University graduate—has donated over 350 hospital bedside carts, full of medical supplies to the Navajo Nation and hospitals throughout Arizona.

Girl Scouts are now taking cookie donations to give to our frontline workers through their program, “Cookies For Our Heroes”—a donation that aims to give 60,000 boxes of cookies to frontline workers. These are only a handful of stories that deserve more recognition in our great state.

To show our your, please visit Arizona Together for more.

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

It has been nearly one year since this pandemic began to shut America down. COVID-19 impact stories, along with the major political headlines, has continuously dominated our news. Yet, recognition stories, dedicated to our frontline workers, went by the wayside.

Heroes are amongst us, battling COVID daily by stepping in our time of need. Stories like these should be the headline news of every hour on every news outlet. The dedication towards others is remarkable. Individuals such as Darwin Longfellow showcase how dedicated we can be when others are in need.

To our frontline workers, we thank you.

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