PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ - Freeholder Bruce James, furious with individuals who do not take the coronavirus pandemic seriously, took to social media to condemn their behavior and ask them to stay home.  "I don't know how else to say this but... Those that are ignoring all the orders given by our Governor are not just risking getting infected for themselves, they are risking the lives of all those people that have to work to save ALL of us," James said.

"ALL the medical providers," he continued, "who go to work to save YOUR lives say this 'they stay there for you' and they say 'YOU PLEASE stay home for them!'  Then there's all the other folks whose lives YOU risk by not doing your part to slow this spread of the disease."

James said that not staying at home put first responders at risk.  "EMTs and fire fighters who respond to your calls for life saving help, police officers that have to stop and question YOU or break up crowds if you are violating the law... or have to respond to whatever emergency pops up from car accidents to medical emergencies, POLICE are very often the FIRST person you'll see in an emergency."

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James was adamantly clear that residents must take responsibility for themselves, and in turn protect others.  "If our first responders get exposed because of you, you will be a part of the collapse of the system there to help you and anyone you love and care about!"

He concluded with a plea for residents to take the threat seriously, saying, "Please please do your part.  Stay home and help everyone stay safe."

Freeholder James has served on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2005.  He also served as the Fundraising Chairman of St. Joseph’s Hospital Early Intervention Program and with the Passaic County Food Bank.

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