To the Editor:

New definitions of Hero learned from COVID-19. 

For many years, I did not think heroes were any more than the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marines. They were the men and women who protected us when our country needed it. Police, firefighters, rescue squads, doctors, and nurses were there, and appreciated because they were part of the infrastructure to keep us safe. Did I ever think of them as hero’s?

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And then with 9-11, Hurricane Sandy, and all the other worldwide tragic events, I began to expand my understanding of who might also be hero’s. Now, in 2020, we are in a pandemic that not too many have experienced. 

Over time, I have come to understand there are many more heroes. Added to the  above are grocery store workers, teachers, truck drivers, scavenger workers, gas station attendants, postal service employees, delivery drivers, pharmacists, and many others who provide the services and skills we have become to depend on.

As retirees, my wife and I are now living at Lantern Hill, a senior living community in New Providence. There are even more heroes here than we ever realized. We are fortunate, indeed, to have a team at Lantern Hill dedicated to the well-being of its residents. There is a kitchen team that provides balanced and delicious meals with a staff to deliver those meals. The concierge service sees to it that our mail, newspapers, packages, and more are delivered to our apartments each day. Housekeeping keeps the facilities clean, and security keeps us protected. We are also fortunate to have a great medical team available at any time who recently implemented a telehealth system. Our Residence Services team has also found many interesting and creative ways to keep us challenged, engaged, and entertained. Along with a great management team, the Lantern Hill staff is doing whatever they can to keep us healthy, safe, and protected. We are most fortunate!

My definition of heroes continues to grow.

I had to take this opportunity to offer a big THANK YOU to the staff at Lantern Hill, and to the many others who go to work each day to provide the services and goods we need.

Alan M. Haveson