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New Jersey Firemen's Home Asking for Help During Pandemic

By Hugh E. Flood, Superintendent | April 21, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 042120104

Dear Family, Friends and Supporters,

(April 20, 2020) The New Jersey Firemen’s Home is a place where heroes come together. Our residents have fought for our freedom in foreign wars and for our personal safety in unimaginable fires and situations that threatened to destroy families and whole communities. These brave men have entrusted their wellbeing to the caregivers of the Firemen’s Home and it is with deep remorse that we could not protect every single one of these great heroes from the invisible enemy of COVID-19, as it has entered our facility and called brethren to answer the “final bell”.

The virus does not discriminate, as it has also tapped upon the shoulder of the very nursing personnel entrusted with the care of these heroes and left us with empty chairs, heavy hearts, and a void in patient care. However, where there is sadness also lies hope for the Heroes that remain asymptomatic and COVID-19 negative and their caregivers, our fellow peers.

The Firemen’s Home has had a total of 26 residents that have tested positive with COVID-19. We currently have four residents that are positive with COVID-19 in house. We have nine residents who have recovered.

We currently have 20 staff members who have tested positive with COVID-19 and a total of 29 who have actually been tested.

Tragically, 16 of our beloved Firemen have passed due to COVID-19. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and fire departments who have been affected by this virus.

If anyone reading this has the ability to forward universal isolation gowns or knows of a CAN or nurse looking to make a difference, our doors are open to them. Please continue to check our website for COVID-19 related updates.

New Jersey Firemen’s Home
565 Lathrop Ave.
Boonton, NJ 07005

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