We might call them heroes - but most of them would be embarrassed. They think they are just doing their job. Some appear to be fearless, but most are very aware of the risk they are taking and exercise what cautions are available to them. At the end of the day they are exhausted, but they rest and do it again the next day. Some are seeing death everyday but keep on giving it their all to try to prevent it. Some don’t make it themselves. Many can’t see their families and friends because they are considered high risk. But they will just keep doing their job for as long as it takes.
You can’t praise these people enough, even though they usually won’t acknowledge they are any different than anyone else. A few Fullen Financial employees have family much closer to the pandemic than we wish they were. We also have many clients themselves, or their family members, directly involved in the effort to keep the pandemic at bay and trying to lessen the suffering.
We wanted to post some brief stories of who these people really are. If you are fortunate enough to have no one personally at risk I encourage you to read these. It can be humbling to see how small we are. We will start with three individuals very close to Fullen Financial employees.
Julie is a medical ICU nurse with Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. She is assigned to the hospital’s Covid-19 unit, and most of her patients are very ill. Julie enjoys outdoor activities all year round, and she even enjoys winter in Duluth. In the picture below she poses with a pike she caught, just before she released it.
Clara Fix, daughter of Senior Advisor Kevin Fix, is a Multi-skilled Technician at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She assists doctors and nurses in the neuro intensive care unit, supporting all aspects of patient care. Often working the overnight shift, Clara also supports the Covid-19 intensive care unit, caring for those who have been impacted by the virus. She just completed her second year at Loyola University Chicago studying Biology and is pursuing a career as a first responder. From a young age, Clara has always wanted to be where the action is. It makes for an exciting life, but not always a safe one. As her parents, we have our misgivings, but we couldn't be more proud of her. Be safe, Clara!
Steve Seidenwand, father of Associate Advisor Justin Seidenwand, is a semi-driver for Pepsi, operating 53-foot trailers across Ohio and parts of PA. While not directly involved in managing the COVID crisis, truck drivers are one example of American workers who are essential in keeping our country operating smoothly. Many of these workers are silently picking up the mantle, working additional hours (12 hour days are common) and covering hundreds of extra miles per week. We tip our hats to not just those “in the trenches” actively combating COVID, but all those who have made sacrifices in support of our country and communities during this time. Pictured is Steve and Justin, posing for Pepsi’s Rolling Remembrance campaign, a Pepsi benefit for family members of fallen service-members, in 2016.
Shelby Fullen, who is an anesthetist, is the daughter of Senior advisor Milt Fullen. She is currently working with Covid –19 patients intubating those who need to be on ventilators. These are the sickest patients and many will die. In Washington DC the sickest are all directed to her unit. The top picture below is her without her “uniform”. The bottom picture is in her “uniform”, which she wears throughout her workday; Shelby is the on the left. Ever since she could express herself, she has always felt that she should be carrying the biggest load, working the hardest, and giving the most. It is no accident she finds herself here. She would have it no other way. We miss her. We cannot hug her. We cannot visit her. We want this to end. But she will not quit until it is over. We love you Shelby. Don’t let anything happen to you.
Additionally, we would like to mention your personal stories and experience during the last 3-4 months, in our company blogs, those of your family members or friends who found themselves on frontlines as the first responders, or, an integral part of just trying to make life seem normal (although it is not for many helping others).