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EMS in the News

Front Line Fighters: Profiles Of Coronavirus Local Heroes

Today's hero is a Long Island woman who's working around the clock to save lives as an EMT for the FDNY

By Jacqueline Sweet   Patch Local News   April 13, 2020

Meghan Cullen at work as an FDNY EMT. (Jenny Rice)

BELLPORT, NY — As Long Islanders practice social distancing and make personal sacrifices as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, many look to those on the front lines as inspiration. Patch will be highlighting Long Islanders who are going above and beyond in their work and community to help during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Jenny Rice is a healthcare workers who has nominated her friend Meghan Cullen, calling her "absolutely a hero."Cullen is an EMT with the FDNY who was on administrative leave after being in an ambulance accident. As coronavirus cases spread through New York City, she voluntarily went back to work.  "She wakes up everyday to do her job with the mentality of saving lives," Rice told Patch.

In order to protect her family and friends from possible exposure Cullen hasn't seen them in weeks. Rice says that Cullen's entire life now entirely revolves around her lifesaving efforts.  "when she is home it's to wash her uniform and try and get some sleep to be recharged for double shifts, mandated shifts, and emotional and heart-breaking shifts. 

She travels an hour and a half to and from work every day, knowing there will be lives that she will save and lives she cannot save despite her efforts. She is my hero every day."

If you know someone who should be featured—a health care worker, a first responder, a volunteer or anyone making a difference— email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to nominate your local hero.

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