A man commits an unethical act in an attempt to save his daughter's life. Three years later, his actions return to haunt him.
It is the worst day of Anthony Almojera career.
In only One layer in the beginning of April, The Veteran New York City paramedic, had to say a dozen families who had a loved One died in a suspected Corona Virus. But in The Days That followed, was this his gloomy routine.
Anthony, a Lieutenant in the medics and Vice-President of The Fire Department of New York 's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) officers' union, under a layer of talked to us about the realities in a time That calls were attacks on a similar volume on The Day of the 9/11 terror.
More Than two million people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus, and More Than 30,000 in New York died. The Death Toll is More Than in Spain or France, two of the countries most severely affected.
to respond While the paramedics in New York City next to the patient's symptoms of the coronavirus show the volume of calls you receive Back To a normal level, and to stop the restrictions to be eased, the spread of The Virus beginning.
But Anthony, 43, is still grappling with What Happened .A Hospital Ship docked in The City during The Peak of The Crisis
"As a doctor, you see death, it is One of the things That you have to navigate and deal with, but I went to more cardiac arrests in the last two months than I have in the last five years," he says. "The overwhelming majority of them were from Covid-19. "
In One case, he went to A House in The Bronx , where he was, said A Woman was sick on the couch. As he entered The Room , he knew immediately There was nothing he could do - She was already long dead.
In another case, he was invited to the apartment of a 31-year-Old Man , of the to breathe already with all the common symptoms of coronavirus, before he stopped.
His Family said Anthony had The Man continued to show up to his job in the supermarket, although they are uncomfortable, because "he could not afford to be sick" - he had a fear of loss of income he needed to support himself and his seven-year-old daughter.
funeral services were overwhelmed. A navy Hospital Ship , the pressure on the local hospitals, although it ultimately received less than 200 patients, was docked in The City . The wooden coffins were stacked In Deep trenches on Hart Island .
Anthony had to self-enumerate to pronounce dead a lot of people with the coronavirus symptoms all, but each death has left its mark.
"And Then we began our employees see sick a considerable number. "
"The sick report is usually about a page in length. We were sick of the reports That were 10 to 12 pages," he says.
Gregory was a veteran emergency medical technician, and was involved in The Recovery efforts after the 9/11 attacks.
He was a determining influence on Anthony's own career.
"He was a pilot and respiratory therapist. As we started, I told him he could have a lot more money to do these things, and He Said : "Anthony, I know these things on the page, so I can be able to The Bills to pay. I'm doing this because I grew up in Harlem and I help my community in My Way . '
"That taught me something. Here's a guy who has to do the brain, what he wants and he is choosing to do this. He's doing it because he was raised the service to the community. This is me Now - I serve the community, not to far from where I grew up. "
"Because of the pandemic, we can't do That . Everything was captured on video and from a distance. Everything was sterile, when really these moments should not be sterile. These moments should have, people with their arms around each other. "
"do you have a Front Row seat and see it and experience it first-hand - I try not to let it get me numb and not emotional, this is A Warning for the health workers, if you don't feel it anymore. I didn't get to this place. But I have struggled with feeling depressed. "
"I think I had to give all the compassion in The World . I didn't know in my life time, I had 90% and keep 10% for me. There is a limit to give in the situation and to help people, while still also mentally," he says.
"Because Covid is still all over The News , and Covid is booming in other parts of The World , and we still see spikes in parts of the United States , so The People fighting on the inside, what we've been through and not try to recover, to start the gap around the time of the restoration.
"We still have a number of cases, although rates of hospitalization have gone down. It's just a constant thing. And we are all worried about you Coming Back ," he explains.
And with anti-racism protests sweeping the United States and countries around The World , according to the African-American man, George Floyd was killed in police custody, it still has to process the less time for EMS workers to What Happened .Anthony says he and his colleagues have gone from "Covid Kevlar"
Anthony, he and his colleagues have gone from "Covid Kevlar", as you don bullet-proof vests during the response to the demonstrations.
He is concerned about the impact of a possible second wave of Corona Virus could have on the EMS. But if it happens, he says, he is ready to respond.
"If There is a second round, we will do it. We have to be our boots on and let's go. "