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Plym68th_Healthcare heroes - 68thThroughout my time in the military, one quote has always stuck out to me the most. “Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue” – Chester Nimitz. 


Throughout this pandemic, the organizations that were hit the hardest are all the men and women who serve as healthcare workers. In the course of merely a few days, nurse’s and doctor’s ways of lives completely changed. There was no more guarantee of coming home every day to spend time with their families. Now they are donning several layers of protective equipment and battling an enemy that has never been dealt with to this extent.

On April 16, 2020 student officers of the Plymouth Police Academy participated in a parade honoring our healthcare heroes at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Plymouth, MA. Being able to go out there today, representing the 68th R.O.C. and the Plymouth Police Academy was an enormous opportunity of which I will be forever thankful. Today I was able to drive past the healthcare workers of the Beth Israel hospital with my future brothers and sisters and let every health professional know that we stand with them as one.

Much like the warriors of America’s past battles, you too are being asked to go above and beyond the call of duty to help and cure your fellow Americans of this wretched disease. I want each and every one of you to know you are appreciated and your sacrifices will not be in vain.

Americans have always had the reputation of answering the Nation’s call, uncommon valor is a common virtue with all of our healthcare professionals and you prove that every time you put on your protective equipment and start your shift wondering if you will come out healthy when it is over.

I speak for all of the 68th R.O.C. when I say we are forever thankful for what you do, and make no mistake, all of the law enforcement and first responder community stands behind you, we got your six.

The content of this blog is written by Student Officer Corey Dolan-Fall River Police Department, Plymouth Police Academy

Photo submitted by: Academy Director Eileen M. L. Goodick

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