SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Borough residents and businesses are being called upon to ‘shine a light’ to celebrate the tireless dedication, bravery, and service South Plainfield’s healthcare workers are providing during the coronavirus crisis.

“Our borough’s healthcare workers are on the frontline, day after day, putting their lives at risk to care for patients during this global pandemic and, as a community, we should join together to recognize their unwavering efforts,” Mayor Matt Anesh told TAPinto South Plainfield.

Through resolution 2020-142, which was unanimously approved by the council during an April 20 virtual meeting, home and business owners within the borough are encouraged to ‘light the fight’ to celebrate South Plainfield’s healthcare workers by hanging a strip of lights or placing lanterns or flameless candles in their windows.

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“The lights reflect the appreciation we have for our heroic healthcare workers. We are grateful for their dedication to the health and well-being of our community,” said the mayor.

Residents and businesses who string lights on their properties or place lanterns/flameless candles in their windows are also encouraged to take photos of their lights and post them to social media with the hashtag ‘LighttheFight' and tag @boroughofsouthplainfield.

Additionally, lights will also be displayed on the municipal building for the duration of the state and public health emergencies declared by Governor Phil Murphy’s executive orders. ”…[T] he Borough of South Plainfield recognizes all frontline healthcare workers as ‘Healthcare Heroes’ for their dedicated heroism and bravery and for going to work to fight Coronavirus and COVID-19,” according to the resolution.

“Frontline healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, EMT’s, and support staff, put themselves at risk to care for coronavirus patients; and shortages of healthcare workers to care for patients in this unprecedented crisis demands that many work extra shifts, in difficult conditions, away from their families, at all times of the day and night and on holidays,” the resolution states. “This service, all for the selfless benefit of the community, can place healthcare workers in harm’s way and at personal risk; and it is important to recognize the enormity of the day-to-day sacrifices and heroism of our healthcare workers in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, urgent care sites, ambulances, and testing centers.”

“We want our borough’s healthcare heroes to know the community is behind them,” said Anesh.

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