NEW YORK DAILY NEWS    APRIL 11, 2020

Daily News readers salute New York’s brave front-line workers against coronavirus

Essential workers, we thank you

Syracuse: My brave daughter moved to Brooklyn to work as a critical care nurse at NYU Langone there. She and her brave coworkers have placed themselves in harm's way, desperate for additional staff and personal protective equipment, and assuming that they'll be exposed to and infected by this devastating virus. A few days ago she let us know that she was, in fact, infected.

And now we wait. We wait to hear from her on a daily because we can't be there with her. We wait to hear about the hallucinogenic dreams that she has due to her high fever — but at least we hear from her. There are people that have received the worst news possible concerning their loved ones. Hopefully, we will not be one of them. It kills us that we can't be there to help her. Seventy-two hours after she is symptom-free, she will be back alongside her brave coworkers doing everything she can for patients. There is not enough that we can do for these brave professionals. There aren't words that say what needs to be said so all we can say is thank you. Thank you for everything that you're doing now and for everything that you're putting yourself through to serve humanity. Joseph A. Viviano

The extra mile

Corona: My grandmother, Ana Diaz, passed away on March 27 of COVID-19. Dr. Erfanul Sanker had been the doctor treating her since she was admitted to Elmhurst Hospital. Doctors are overwhelmed, yet Dr. Sanker always took the time to return phone calls or call daily with updates. My grandmother passed away when Dr. Sanker was not on duty. Yet, he still took the time the next day to call my family and express his condolences. He answered my family's questions about how she succumbed to the virus. Dr. Sanker expressed his sadness at not being able to send her home. He told us he had not had a day off in 21 days. My family takes solace in knowing that my grandmother received the best care from a doctor who was attentive and took the time to know my grandmother and our family. Elmhurst Hospital is at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis so it means a lot that Dr. Sanker provided personalized care to my grandmother. Michelle Fernandez

Helping hands of all kinds.(John Moore/Getty Images)

New York's finest, too

Brooklyn: I am writing this to recognize my son, Frankie Cesario, who is a custodian assigned to the 66 Precinct. He and the others who work with him should be recognized because they're all helping New York City get through this crisis. It is not only the nurses and the doctors, or the police officers and firefighters but also the ones who show up every day to help out, like my son. Sharon Cesario

Calm in the storm

Bronx: My 80-year-old uncle has COVID-19 and is in the hospital fighting for his life. He has an amazing doctor. I don't know much about her, I just know her voice. She sounds young and very kind. My family and I cannot visit my uncle, so we call her and she gives us updates every day. She is very patient and understanding. She answers all our questions and never rushes us off the phone. She makes sure we clearly understand the bigger picture. I find it amazing that someone we have never met is the person who makes us feel so connected and safe. Dr. Sheskier is our lifeline to our uncle right now. If she didn't have the personality she has, this could have been a lot harder for my family. I just want to thank her, all the doctors, nurses, supporting staff and the many others taking care of my uncle and the other COVID-19 patients. You all are true heroes and I pray that this makes you stronger and more confident than ever and that you realize how much you are truly respected and appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Stacey Salgado

Clean team 

Brooklyn: We would like to thank Daniel Sylvester for being our essential worker hero! He is a custodian with the DOE. He has been busy deep cleaning classrooms and offices to make it safe for teachers and students to return back to school. I personally think that school custodians are overlooked. Shout out to all the school custodians. Thank you for all the hard work! Especially our Daniel! The best father, fiancée and friend in the world. We love you and appreciate you! Cherice Brown

Down and dirty

Brooklyn: I want to send my thank you to all the crews of the Sanitation Department, especially to Brooklyn's BK 5. Kudos and thanks to them for keep doing an excellent job collecting the garbage and keeping our streets clean. The team that takes care of Highland Place are nice and extraordinary workers. We appreciate them. Francisco J. Castillo

He's also essential

Manhattan: To my boyfriend David: Thank you for being on the frontlines of the MTA working double shifts to help cover for your co-workers who are sick, and for getting up every day and putting your health at risk so that essential employees can get to work and keep New York strong. Love you always. Juliana Gonzalez

We appreciate you

Jamaica: We must remember and be grateful for the courageous staff who work for the Administration for Children's Services. They continue to make home visits to ensure that children are safe and cared for during these trying times, and often use public transportation to do so. They do their job at the risk of their own health and safety. Deborah Johnston-Harris

Thank you!

Manhattan: Here's to Michael Dondiego, the manager of the food department of the Morton Williams Supermarket on W. 57th St. between Sixth and Seventh Aves. If not for his and his able workers' unyielding, unselfish continuing service to all the patrons of the foods division in this dangerous time, many would go hungry. I, for one, can attest to that! Thank you, Michael, and please stay healthy so as to continue your fine service to the public! Tony Warren

Mail time!

Palermo, N.J.: What does "essential services" mean to you? Police officers, firefighters, medical professionals? What about your post office? Behind every carrier are clerks, mail handlers, custodians, truck drivers, pilots, nurses, inspectors and more. The post office is the last to close and usually the first to reopen after hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, blizzards, anthrax and, yes, pandemics. When you get your Social Security check, your favorite magazine, that "must have" item shipped to your door, and even your bills, thank your carrier and keep in mind all the other postal employees that made it possible and who will continue to do so. James Fusco

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