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COVID-19 IMPACT: A paramedic speaks about daily struggles and triumphs

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- COVID-19 has impacted us in one way or another as we all get used to new normal, but for our brave first responders, it's a scary time.

They not only have to care about the patients in need, but also worry about what they could potentially bring home to their families.

Kate Arms with Mayo Clinic Ambulance Assistant Supervisor.

"If I get sick, who's going to take care of my family?" said Kate Arms with Mayo Clinic Ambulance Assistant Supervisor. "It's overwhelming. It's scary right now. We never experienced anything like this. We never really thought we would see this type of pandemic in our careers."

So during this difficult time, who uplifts them while they help us? Arms said paramedics rely on each other.

An act of kindness Tuesday night brought smiles and a sense of camaraderie. A parade of lights featuring agencies outside Mayo Clinic Saint Marys to thank health care workers during this tough time.

"I think that idea really came from wanting to support each other right now," Arms stated. "We were hoping to have maybe a dozen vehicles there and we had twice that many. Way too many for me to count at the beginning of the parade."

A show of solidarity, but Arms says what really matter is the community. "It doesn't matter whether we are recognized or whether we're acknowledged, but that patients are counting on us that our community is counting on us."

As we continue to get used to our new normals, Arms wants everyone to know first responders are here to help.

"It's a privilege to face someone's crisis with them and hopefully make it better," Arms stated. "We encourage people stay at home, stay safe and call us if you need us."

Ubah Ali

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