BAYONNE, NJ - While Bayonne High School senior Anthony Rubino is a few months away from enrolling in EMT school, a step towards his ultimate goal of become a police officer, the teenager, already a volunteer with the Bayonne Police Department as a member of their Police Explorer Troop, is seeking to build community support for local first responders as they continue to battle the spread of coronavirus.

On Monday Rubino launched a GoFundMe account to raise funds that will provide food to Bayonne’s police officers, firefighters, and EMTs employed by McCabe Ambulance.

Asked how he and his classmates are handling the extended school closures Rubino said that he believes that “most young people are listening to the stay at home orders even though they might not be happy about it.” 

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“The ones who aren’t following these orders aren’t understanding the severe consequences of not flattening the curve.”

Rubino’s answer to why he decided to launch the fundraising effort was a quick one. “I think it is important for everyone to support first responders at this time because they can’t stay home. They have a job to do. They are risking so much for us to be safe and are possibly exposing themselves with every call they go out on. The least we can do is show them some support.”

Since Mayor Jimmy Davis’ initial state of emergency order in response to coronavirus members of the community have been stepping up efforts to thank frontline workers.

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