People who helped New York City overcome the pandemic are being honored in a parade
The 43-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, resident was among those who made the move to come to New York City when it was a pandemic epicenter, a choice that had to be made with uncertainty and risky conditions leaving behind his wife and three young children. was required. .
“I came because I wanted to do something to make my family proud,” said the military veteran.
His family will get a chance to express their pride on Wednesday, along with a whole group of New Yorkers, at a parade honoring essential workers for their efforts in getting New York City through the pandemic.
“It’s a big deal,” said his wife, Jennifer Davis. “It’s awesome. We just had to come here and be here for her, to support and celebrate her.”
Davis will be on parade on a float sponsored by AMN Healthcare, the staffing company he works for, sent last year to work in COVID-swamped hospitals in New York City and then other places around the country.
“I think it’s going to be really cool. And hopefully it can just take off,” Davis said.
Other workers awarded include transportation workers, first responders, education and child care providers, and utility workers.
“We’ve got a lot to appreciate, as we’re well into our recovery. We have a lot to celebrate and we have a lot to celebrate,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. said on Tuesday.
“They deserve a march down the Valley of the Heroes, because it’s something that is reserved for the greatest of people in history. Well, here are some of the people who made history in New York City’s toughest times.”
The week’s high temperatures have curtailed festive plans to some extent. Originally, a ceremony was to be held at City Hall after the parade.
Instead, the mayor and his wife would applaud the participants at the end of the parade route. Water will be available through the route and cooling stations for the participants will be located at the beginning and the end.