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Letter: Joliet firefighters working for you

To the Editor:

Currently in the Joliet area, there a multiple sites administering COVID-19 vaccine with volunteer personnel. All these people deserve a thank you and, if you get a chance, you should do so. But I want to highlight what is going on at the Joliet West High School vaccine clinic.

This clinic has been operating because of the efforts of Joliet Fire Chief Greg Blaskey and clinic coordinator Deputy Chief Jeff Carey. Carey has created a very efficient and thorough vaccine administration process. Due to the volunteer efforts of the Joliet Fire Department 210 paramedics, retired firefighters and other volunteers, the clinic has been a success. Weekday vaccine doses are administered in the hundreds, with a high of 1,435 doses on March 10.

Carey was recently honored during the annual Cantigny Post 367 Police/Firefighter of the Year event for putting together the plan for the vaccine clinic.

In past years, Joliet firefighters have donated their efforts to many charitable causes, but I can say with certainty that their current donation of time dwarfs anything in department history.

Recipients of vaccinations have been very kind with their compliments, and it’s very much appreciated. But for the taxpayers of Joliet, and now the population of Will County, it shows that Joliet firefighters are always working for you.

Chuck Skeldon

Joliet Fire Department retiree

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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