HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek is putting the spotlight on Helmetta's Hometown Heroes; people who are on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis as first responders, healthcare workers and essential employees. Slavicek posted on his Facebook page asking residents to nominate one of the borough's hometown heroes by email. The first two recipients were posted this weekend.
Dave Rosofsky has worked at the Spotswood ShopRite for the past 38 years. Fifteen of those years have been on the nightshift. During the coronavirus shutdown, Rosofsky hasn't missed a single shift. He goes to work with a smile and helps to make sure people have stocked shelves when they need to come to the grocery store. Rosofsky was nominated by his daughter Chloe who also works at the Spotswood ShopRite.
"He's definitely my hero," Chloe Rosofsky said of her dad.
Amber Shapter was nominated as the second Helmetta Hometown Hero by her family. Shapter is a nurse in Saint Peter's University Hospital's NICU ICU. Despite being eight and a half months pregnant, Shapter goes to work without fail. Her concerned family wishes she would stay at home, but Shapter won't hear of it.
"This is my job," Shapter tells her worried family. "I must go. They need me."
Shapter's fiancé, Brandon Nemes is also on the frontline during the COVID-19 crisis. Nemes is a patrolman with the Spotswood Police Department.
Slavicek gave Rosofsky and Shapter a huge shout out and thank you on the mayor's Facebook page.
To nominate a Helmetta Hometown Hero, residents can email Slavicek at email@example.com. Nominations should include the person's name, a brief description of their job, what makes them a hometown hero and a photograph.