NBC 5 wants to help recognize the people keeping the Chicago-area going amid the coronavirus pandemic. Whether they are a health care worker, first responder, transit worker or grocery store cashier, send in a photo of someone (or you) making a difference and we can showcase it on the site and/or on air. On behalf of NBC 5 and our entire community: Thank you for all that you do!
Send us your photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My husband, Paul Hoffmann is a Respiratory Therapist and is the Manager of the Respiratory department at Advocate/Aurora Lutheran General. He has worked at the hospital since 1979. I am a Nurse at Advocate Lutheran General. I am a Care Manager on the Respiratory Unit and Medically Managed Unit. I have been at the hospital for 40 years this July. We are committed and dedicated to caring for each and every patient.”
Brandon Perez is a Chicago Fire Department Paramedic. Perez was recognized by his wife, Sophia Kanoon. “He works tirelessly to save people’s lives amidst this pandemic. He and his fellow medics do not get the recognition that they deserve,” she said.
Amanda Leidy Lives in Westville, IN Works at Franciscan Health Hospital in the ER located in Michigan City
Caitlyn Taylor is a health care professional working at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. “
Sydni Cassin works at Quest Diagnostics
First responders from Tri-State Fire Department; Craig Jansen, Steve Vogel ,Scott Baxter (my husband) & Mike Raimondi (From left to right) – Tri State Fire Department
Annie Bertog and her 4-month-old son were sent in by her husband, Keith from Huntley. Annie is an operating room nurse at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.
Firefightet/Paramedic Simi Ippolito with the Barrington Fire Department demonstrates the mask that they will ultimately be using after they use up the supply of N95 masks on-hand when they receive a call for a person with a fever and flu like symptoms.
Dr. Eric Silberman
Members of the Aurora Fire Department submitted by Jessica Oros. Her husband, Garrett Oros, is the AFD Local 99 Union President.
Employees at Lake Barrington Woods Senior Living Pam Labuda, director of marketing, and Mirka Biegunska, director of resident programs, with ”wine not” cart to get the party going for senior residents.
Lake Villa Fire Department
Jenny Allegretti has worked as a grocery cashier for Jewel-Osco at the Brickyard for 43 years.
Ricky Francisco is a nurse at Loyola
Chicago Firefighter Jason Risley is assigned to Tower Ladder 14 on the West Side.
Mike & Carol Boyle
“I would love for you to recognize the Sisters (and all the amazing staff) at St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville. They have been on “lockdown” for several weeks now. Typically they have many, many volunteers to help with the daily needs. With the lockdown, we (volunteers) haven’t been able to be there. They are doing an amazing job and staying so positive for their residents. They have come up with ways for families to connect with their loved ones and are trying so hard to keep the morale of the staff up. Somehow they even find the time to send encouraging emails to us. They are amazing every day, but during these especially trying times, they are nothing short of miracle workers.”
Please recognize my sister, Eileen Moriarity. She is a nurse practitioner at Rush.
Kathleen Doyle, FedEx manager Hinsdale.
Gail Mahoney, nurse at Palos Hospital
We cannot thank enough the health care workers, truck drivers, people who are keeping grocery store and gas stations open, all first responders, but we also have to keep in mind and thank those who walk into a county jail every day. My brother, Zachary Shuta and his two best friends, Pasquale Trentadue and Greg Scarry work as correctional officers in the Lake County jail. They too are on the front lines! From left to right Gregg Scarry, Zachary Shuta, Pasquale (Tony) Trentadue.
Dr. Daniel Schimmel, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
“Shout out to my best friend, my boyfriend, Andy Gallagher! Works for one of the largest hospital networks in Illinois. It’s a happy and sad day, when you’re locked in, cleaning under sinks, and you actually get excited to find gloves and antibacterial wipes that he can take to work because of the shortage in supplies! Love him, proud of everyone working so hard to stop the spread! Thank you for recognizing everyone who is going the extra mile to make a difference!”
“This is my rehab team, PT/OT/SLP, that work at a nursing and rehab center (nursing home) in Chicago, Warren Barr Gold Coast. We aren’t getting nearly the recognition of nurses and doctors at this time. We are still busy working with the population most at risk, the elderly. We’re the ones they see everyday as their families and friends aren’t allowed in the facility during this time. We spend the most time with them each day. We’re the ones keeping their mobility going, making sure they keep going, strengthening, all while putting ourselves at risk as our supplies and PPE dwindle to nothing.The photo is from the holidays but it’s all of us.
My sister Linda Perez Beller (left) and coworker Misty Maleske (right) at Ingalls Family Care Center. Urgent Care Healthcare workers are awesome!
My husband Matt, who is an assistant store manager at Mariano’s in Northbrook, has been working extra days and long hours and we miss him at home with us during this crazy time!
My daughter Tierney. Physician Assistant student in the ER in Fort Myers Fla.
Claudia B. Perez
Jesse Perez, UPS – Jefferson, Chicago
I’m a mail carrier in Bradley, Illinois. 3/23 is my 20-year anniversary with USPS. Thank you for the recognition, as we are often overlooked!
I wanted to recognize and thank Kaz Suzuki, a manager for Jewel Osco. He’s been working every day, consistently trying to keep up with consumer demand during this time.
My sister-in-law Rhonda is an RN and my nephew Jonathan is an IT worker helping to keep us all safe and healthy!
Amandine, United Airlines flight attendant based in Chicago flying the last Chicago-Brussels flight a couple days ago.
Tom Gorski, works for UPS
Attached is a picture of my sister (and my nephew), Angela Shoener, who is working the front line as a nurse for Rush Copley in Aurora, Illinois. She is the IMSA (Illinois Math and Science Academy) school nurse but has stepped up since they are closed and is now working where she is needed.
I would like to recognize my daughter Layla Hamad, Registered Nurse at Hinsdale Hospital
Mohammad’s wife and 5 kiddos wanted to wish him a happy 33rd birthday!! He’s out on the road hauling semi loads of food & necessities to stores.
daughter, an ER dr. in Bronx sends these photos to parents
Marie Stenger, RN-North Shore Medicine
The team showing up to care for pets in need! Emily Klehm, CAWA CEO South Suburban Humane Society
This is a picture of an ER nurse at Edward Hospital visiting her grandchildren behind the glass door. Social distancing since she can’t be in contact with them. I thought it was so telling of the times I wanted to submit it for my friend.
My best friend & nurse and all of us supporting her during a virtual happy hour!
Cheryl Lindemulder works at St Joes Hospital in Joliet in the ER.Sue Lindemulder works as a CNA at Morris Hospital.
Lieutenant Erick R Kennedy from Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District
David Kawior is an ER physician at Northwestern Hospital in Lake Forest. “He is at the front lines of this and is working so hard everyday to keep our community safe and healthy. He is away from our 8 month old baby and myself while he is going above and beyond his normal job duties. I’m so proud of what he does and all the sacrifices that he makes,” said Emily Craft, Kawlor’s wife.
Franciscan Health in Michigan City
Rolling Meadows Firefighter Matt Cappelen
Sue Zurek is a Community Unit School District 200 teacher continuing her speech class.
Lauren Mangin is a nurse at UChicago Medicine
Emergency Medicine Residents that have been working hard in the ER and ICU at Resurrection and St Francis Hospital to help care for the critical patients during the coronavirus outbreak.
Matt Wohlrab is a fireman/paramedic for the Downers Grove Fire Department. His wife Stephanie said he is an extremely hard worker. ” I am eight months pregnant and we have a three and 1.5-year-old and despite what’s going on in the world he is incredibly upbeat, supportive and dedicated to all the roles he plays,” she said.
Emergency room nurse Tracy Dernuic
Louis Newman drives the free bus in Niles and calls passengers and friends to make sure they have groceries and can get to work.
Brandon Lefebvre is a firefighter and paramedic from Palatine.
Michele Fischler PIC A61 and Dan Nolan EMT A61
Brittany Herwig is a nursing home administrator for Symphony Orchard Valley.
Kara Shahrava is currently a Nurse at Ann Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital. She recently finished her Masters and is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner.
Jessi Leahy is CU nurse at advocate south suburban hospital
Amy Topel! Respiratory Therapist, Rush-Copley Medical Center.
Katie Synek is an Infectious Disease Nurse for NorthShore University Health System.
Melissa Cappelen, Emergency Staff Nurse at Alexian Brothers Medical Center.
Sarah Cappelen and Terry Cappelen. Sarah is an RN at Central DuPage Hospital and Terry works as a dispatcher for Deerfield Police Department.
Matthew Hagenow is a Clinical Coordinator in the Emergency Department at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital – Grayslake Campus.
Linda Fithian who is the front end manager at the Jewel-Osco in South Chicago Heights.
Denise Slivka works at Dupage Medical in Tinley Park
Emergency Department front desk staff at silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. L to R: Bridget Burke RN, Chris Hoogstra RN, Gayle Scheetz PA, and Shae Stanton RN.
Barbie Vivanco is an ER Nurse at Rush Hospital.
Peyton Bellman is an ER Nurse at St. Alexis Medical Center in Hoffman Estates.
Northwestern Emergency Department
Infectious Disease Doctor Stephen Grohmann at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Michael Bradley, is an ER Tech at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Kenji Oyasu is the Emergency Medical Director at Vista Hospital in Waukegan.
Carol Clafford has been a Chicago Police Officer for 28 years.
Nurses at Rush University Medical Center.
Raquel Morales is an ER nurse at University of Illinois Hospital
Dr. Kutka and ER nurses Steph Fausher, Sam Howen and Jess Socko at Good Shepherd Hospital Emergency Room in Barrington.
Dan Dziubski works for the Chicago Fire Department.
Lexi is a nurse at Edward hospital Naperville and her husband Mike is a police officer in Alsip.
Katie Dostal is a nurse at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, IN
Teddy Kupiec is a firefighter and emergency rescue paramedic with the Lincolnwood Fire Department.
Good Samaritan NICU team in Downers Grove
Amy Topel is a Respiratory Therapist at Rush-Copley Medical Center.
Clarissa Gradilla is a labor and delivery nurse at Rush Hospital.
Lauren Williams is a Registered Dietitian at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Nicole Quien and Dr. Miki Quien
Lucy S. works at Jewel-Osco in Kankakee
ICU Nurse Marilyn Stone
Kristin Elatkin is an emergency room nurse.
Jijo Varghese is an ICU nurse at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Katie Collins works Radiology at Munster Community Hospital.
Mom and daughter, Maureen Canavan and Colleen Hermann both are nurses at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Nurse Sandra Gomez
Nicole Navas is a SICU nurse at Rush
Chicago Firefighter Reinaldo Vargas
Nurse Darla from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Nurses Maggie Kois and Lauren Wieties
Lauren works for Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox in the ICU.
Eric Temen is a Truck driver for Swift Transportation delivering items like toilet paper and paper towels.
Marykay Ryan Crowley, she is a PICU RN (Pediatric intensive care unit) nurse at University Of Illinois Hospital . She has voluntarily been reassigned to the COVID-19 floor at the hospital.
Jade Clark who is a compliance nurse at Lurie Children’s Hospital Heart unit.
Truck driver Mirek Cichorz
First responders Lindsay Laas and John Parello are both police officers.
Ross is a nurse at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.
Kyle Z. is a firefighter for the Evanston Fire department.
Margie Flores is a Pharmacy Technician UIC Illinois- Chicago.
Luis Rodriguez works as a Public Safety Officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Mary Jane Jacobs
Dr. Brian M. Sayger is the Chairman of Emergency Services at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Marissa Vogelstein, RN, Evanston Hospital
Anthony Mohr, pictured with his family, is the Produce Manager at Jewel Foods.
Respiratory Therapists at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.
Atallah works at a Walmart in Dixon.
Maggie Edwards is an RN at St. Margarets Hospital.
Sister Apolonia Irika, Sister of Mercy, clergy at Northwest Hospitals.
Jennifer Guido Gomez
Victoria Martinez CTA bus driver out of the North Park garage.
Members of the team at The Lynn Sage Breast Center at Northwestern Medicine.
Emergency room nurse Nicole Kleber works at Amita Health Adventist Medical Center in LaGrange.
Katie Chleboun is a pharmacy intern and Razan Dababneh is the pharmacy technician of Jewel-Osco Pharmacy in Niles.
Cass DeBartolo works as a nurse tech at Evanston Hospital.
Nurse Hilda works at Advocate Lutheran General.
Lauren Scherwin works at Edwards Hospital in Naperville.
Sam L. is a medical assistant
Julian Garcia works at Advocate Trinity Hospital.
Lab crew at Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Macneal Hospital nurses have their hands prayed over before their shift in a coronavirus unit.
Nurses Stacey and Ben before starting their shifts at Rush University Hospital.
Amanda and Angela Villagomez. They are nurses at Rush Oak Park Hospital
Laura Ann Kinchus in the Microbiology Lab at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.
Cardiac Imaging at North Shore/University Health System.
A group of volunteers serve meals to the students of Wilmington School District.
Susan Okuno-Jones, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.
Emergency Room Dr. Joseph Ogarek at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.