Low pay, work stress lead to high turnover, FDNY EMTs say
The union that represents EMTs and paramedics says the profession has become a revolving door primarily because of low salaries. But many EMTs also cite the mental health toll of working during the pandemic.
COVID-19: Echoes of 1 million dead in the spaces they left behind
The pandemic has claimed nearly 1 million lives in the U.S., leaving empty spaces in homes and neighborhoods across the country, whether we are aware of them or not. Here are some portraits of these places left behind.
Reassigning fire inspectors to COVID task force compromised safety, union says
About 90 of the FDNY's fire inspectors were reassigned to the city's COVID task force for about a year and a half, according to the union that represents the inspectors. The union said that compromised fire safety.
Barbie honors COVID-19 pandemic heroes with custom dolls
Barbie launches six new dolls honoring women in STEM who have become heroes during the pandemic.
Some NYC unions boycott, criticize parade
Some groups are hoping Mayor Bill de Blasio's parade doesn't distract from issues they have with the treatment of city workers. At least two municipal unions said their members boycotted the parade entirely.
NYC salutes pandemic essential workers with Hometown Heroes Parade
Thousands marched along the street and waved from floats moving up the Canyon of Heroes on Wednesday as New York City honored all pandemic essential workers with the ‘Hometown Heroes Parade.’
National Nurses Week honors pandemic heroes
National Nurses Week is a time to publicly recognize healthcare heroes, with an extra special emphasis this year because of their work on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
New York teen holds virtual art classes for kids in shelters
Caroline Faber, 14, created Craft With Me, a virtual art class.
Chicago couple uses deposit from canceled wedding to feed hundreds on Thanksgiving
A Chicago couple used their money saved for a catered reception for their wedding to feed the needy for Thanksgiving.
New York couple has given 10,000 backpacks, 200 gallons of sanitizer to homeless during pandemic
Two New York men started a charity to give away thousands of free backpacks to the homeless, filled with hygiene and health items.
Bronx restaurant turns into soup kitchen to help poor
A family-run restaurant, which opened in 2009 and has won Michelin acclaim for its Oaxacan food, has also served as a soup kitchen during the pandemic
Miami ICU nurse: I have never seen so many deaths
“The fear in their eyes when they can’t get enough air. They are so scared,” he says, quietly. “Their eyes are big, desperate to get the oxygen and that makes me so sad.”
Doctor on frontline of COVID-19 battle dies in NYC
A New York City physician known for his dedication to patient care continued working on the frontlines of the pandemic in an intensive care unit and died from COVID-19.
Girl, 10, sends over 1,500 art kits to kids in homeless shelters, foster care during coronavirus shutdown
Chelsea, who said she was bullied in school, turned to art when she lost her swim coach to gun violence a few years ago.
12-year-old uses allowance to buy 3D printer to make masks for grandma in nursing home
A 12-year-old boy from the U.K. saved up his allowance and bought a 3D printer to make PPE for his grandma.
Man uses giant plastic Zorb ball to greet grandma on Mother’s Day
“You can’t be too safe, especially when dealing with the elderly,” Danny Wolverton said.
Dallas lawyer stops trying cases to start treating cases of COVID-19 in New Jersey
A Dallas lawyer decided to shelve her law practice for six weeks. She stopped trying cases and started treating cases of COVID-19.
FedEx driver surprises 6-year-old girl with cupcakes on quarantine birthday
A kindhearted FedEx driver in Indiana left a little something special when he spontaneously dropped off cupcakes for a little girl’s sixth birthday, after bringing a package to the family’s home and realizing that the coronavirus crisis likely dampened the youngster’s celebrations.
Farmer who donated mask to NY honored with degree
A degree has been bestowed upon a retired Kansas farmer who shipped one of his five N-95 masks to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo despite worries amid the coronavirus outbreak for his wife who has one lung.
Family pays respects to dead by cleaning gravestones on daily walks under pandemic lockdown
To pass the time under pandemic lockdown restrictions, Ryan Emmenis and his children have been cleaning graveyard headstones on their daily walks.