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Stay Safe

By Didymus McHugh, Correspondent | June 01, 2020 | NATIONAL

Story No. 042720113

Stay safe is a phrase that we have known from years ago. It would be our way of telling other responders to be careful. It was a constant reminder. Now we hear many people saying that to each other.

During this present challenging time we need to stay safe. Domestic violence, suicide and depression is on the increase. People are getting cabin fever. People are trying to stay in contact using the different meeting platforms. I have even ventured to utilize FaceTime and Zoom meeting and trying to figure our Teams. These platforms give a face to the voice but there is nothing like being in the presence of the other individual.

People are now doing some funerals with Zoom or having wakes that way. Right now, social distancing is becoming the norm. Many of the houses of worship are having services or devotionals on a social platform. People are trying whatever they can to do provide some "normalcy".

We need to be working diligently on self-care or resiliency. We need to know the thing that will bring us joy and practice it on a regular basis. Yes, it is great to spend more times with the family but I think that we all know that after a while we all need our own space. Everyone needs their own personal corner, where they can go to get away from everything.

No matter what is going on in society, even this pandemic, we see people that never stop and most people cannot figure out the mindset. Fire, police and EMS never skip a beat. Even when all this is going on and society is trying to figure out how their future is going to change, fire calls are still being answered, ambulances are still rolling to give aid and law enforcement is still going out. The procedures may be modified but Emergency Services still respond. We need to say "Thank you" to each other.

In this time I also want to thank the medical personnel that are working long and hard hours. I am also impressed to see how many businesses are still operating. There are too many to name and my appreciation goes out to all that are still going.

Let me end by saying thank you, stay safe and look out for one another. We will see each other on the other side of this challenge.

Didymus McHugh

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.