The heroes around you: Working to make sure the community is cared for – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND N.Y. –– When everyday life came to a halt, these brave Staten Islanders continued to move forward.

Meet some of Staten Island’s essential workers, who have been reporting to their jobs every day to serve our community.

From medical personnel to Amazon drivers to deli clerks, we are looking to highlight the ones who have been on the frontlines since the start of the pandemic.

Are you a frontline or essential worker who is interested in sharing your story? Contact Alex Salmieri at asalmieri@siadvance.com

The heroes around you

Essential workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

The team at Bagel Depot in Richmond Town is proud to serve the community during these trying times. Staff at the newly-renovated store was working hard to stay open during the pandemic. From catering food to first responders to providing groceries and lunch to locals, workers at this Richmond Town staple made sure to cater to their customers’ needs.

The heroes around you

Essential workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sam Schiff, of West Brighton, started his mobile tech repair business, Computer Sam, in 2014, and it is booming now more than ever. “I got extremely busy when the pandemic hit,” said Schiff. “There’s been lots of computer repairs, with everyone working from home.” Schiff travels all over the borough fixing phones, tablets, computers and other electronic devices.

The heroes around you

Essential workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Salvatore Pollina, of Great Kills, works for the National Parks Service (NPS) in the maintenance division. He stressed the importance of having the parks open throughout the pandemic because it was a great place for people to go to get out of their homes, yet social distance at the same time. “Our parks are safe and that’s the most important part,” said Pollina, who has worked in the NPS for 15 years.

The heroes around you

Essential workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sadia Malik, owner of InterScience Diagnostic Laboratories — a private lab located in Great Kills, has been working hard with her team at Staten Island’s only coronavirus (COVID-19) testing lab. Through partnerships, the family-operated lab ensures that all members of the Staten Island community have options and guidance when it comes to testing. “We are not taking any out-of-pocket expenses, there are no copays involved,” Sadia said. To learn more about the lab and getting tested, click here.

The heroes around you

Essential workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Matthew Corhan, of Annadale, works as a cashier at the Stop and Shop on Amboy Road, which has been open throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Working in a grocery store during these times is a lot of work, but it’s a good way to save money for college, he said. “It was hectic,” said Corhan. “There were a lot of rules and procedures, but overall its been good and safe.”

Meet other essential workers from Staten Island.

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Author: The Covid-19 Channel