By: Joy Dong
When you hear the word “hero”, the first things you may think of are men or women with superhuman powers, wearing capes and flying over cities. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, instead of Superman and Superwoman, we think of brave and courageous workers who risk their lives every day just by doing their job. Along with medical professionals, there are other “superheroes” who have not been recognized yet. This essay will address two essential workers and their unique contributions to the fight against COVID-19.
Andre Anglin is a retired soldier turned bus driver who works in Columbus, Ohio. His job helps keep his community running. He transports people to visit family members, going to the grocery store, and others attending essential jobs. Sometimes, Andre even transports people with Coronavirus symptoms to the hospital. Without Andre, workers who do not have personal modes of transportation wouldn’t be able to go to work. One passenger stated, “Without you guys, the city would be shut down.” The role of a bus driver is so important but is prone to being under-recognized within the community. Andre, a former veteran relates fighting coronavirus to fighting a war. Both situations are high-stress, and in both battles, there isn’t a clear understanding of the enemy. He has a sense of honor from being in the military and is humbled in doing his part in the pandemic. Andre’s compassion, dedication, and consideration are very admirable, especially for the people around him.
The next hero’s name is Ben Davis, who is a social worker. He helps adults with mental health issues by providing psychotherapy, medical care, and assisting them with any services they may need. During this pandemic, Ben continues to help his clients despite the circumstances. If he didn’t do his work, many in his community would be suffering from their mental illnesses, with no medication or support. He helps the less fortunate, and those who are strongly impacted by the virus. Some of his clients experience more anxiety and paranoia because of coronavirus, and patients with OCD are isolating themselves even further. Ben states, “We are there no matter what to help them.” Ben is committed to helping his patients regardless of the situation, and will always do his job, even if there is a risk.
These workers keep our country running, and we should constantly show our appreciation, and say “thank you” since these “superheroes” are putting themselves at risk for us. Andre and Ben’s stories are a testament that not all superheroes wear capes. After all, essential workers are our soldiers in the war against COVID-19.