BY SARAH FEINBERG
As every New Yorker knows, the men and women of New York City Transit continue to perform heroic work during this time of crisis, fear, illness, and loss.
Transit workers are the heroes moving the heroes of this crisis: they are the workers helping to move the health care professionals, the childcare, grocery store and utility workers, the police officers and other first responders.
As of this writing, 50 of our heroic colleagues have passed away due to COVID-19. This is not just a heartbreaking tragedy for the families and loved ones of each of these men and women – it is an immeasurable loss for New York City Transit, and for this entire city.
These men and women were symbolic of what defines “essential worker” in New York City now – selfless, dedicated workers who showed up every day to do their part to help this city get to the other side of this crisis, even when it meant putting themselves in harm’s way. There is no greater honor than working with them, and there is not a group of public servants more deserving of your respect.
I want to use the rest of this column to recognize and pay tribute to those we have lost. May they rest in peace, and never be forgotten.
Scott, Combined Action/Emergency Response Unit
Caridad, Station Cleaning
Victor, Stations Supervisor
Yvette, Operations Planning
Thomas, Stations Supervisor
Salvatore, Management Analyst
Robert, Elevator and Escalator Maintenance
David, General Superintendent
Lev, Road Car Inspector
Laricter, Train Dispatcher
Darryl, Collecting Agent
Clarence, General Superintendent
Lateya, Administrative Assistant
Palwinder, Maintenance Supervisor
Edward, Transit Property Protection Supervisor
Shelley, Property Protection Agent
Robert, Claim Specialist