Woonsocket police and fire salute nursing home staff, celebrate resident’s 100th birthday
The Woonsocket Police and Fire departments are continuing their tour of the city to thanks front-line workers.
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) – The Woonsocket Police and Fire departments are continuing their tour of the city to thanks front-line workers.
This week they’re planning to salute workers at nursing homes across the city.
“It is important to show them support because we know what they’re going through in these buildings and the residents that they’re caring for,” said Woonsocket Police Captain John Picard.
Wednesday night the first responders celebrated the nursing home workers at Oakland Grove Healthcare Center.
“It’s obviously been very hard for us going through the pandemic, especially for nursing homes,” said Director of Social Services Catherine Rasco.
Picard says he wants all essential workers to know the first responders are behind them through the pandemic.
“It just shows that we’re thinking of them, we want to help them,” said Picard. “It’s just the decent thing to do to be out here with them.”
Oakland Grove has had bout 50 cases of the coronavirus and roughly a dozen residents have died.
The harsh reality is weighing on workers.
“We come into a building that – we obviously have our own families and we have our own fears,” said Rasco. “But we put that all aside and we when we walk through the door, and we do what’s right so we can do our best to take care of our residents.”
One of those residents, Mary Byrne, turned 100-years-young Wednesday.
“It was just coincidental that we were coming here and we learned that it was her birthday so we decided to celebrate the staff and her milestone all at once,” explained Picard. It was really a good night.”