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Thanks to Dunkirk Professional Firefighters Association I.A.F.F. Local 616, frontline health care workers in the Brooks-TLC emergency room (ER) enjoyed a full day .of fuel to help them recharge on their long twelve-hour shifts.

Before dawn on a chilly February morning, union president, Devin Freitas and fellow firefighter Matt Slaven arrived by fire truck to deliver hot coffee and fresh donuts at the hospital shift change.  Later that evening, incoming and outgoing shifts of ER workers who often sacrifice their own physical and mental well-being in order to take care of others, enjoyed a full spread of pizza and wings compliments of the union.

“These men and woman spend twelve hours or more each day being potentially exposed to COVID-19 patients and need to be recognized at the forefront in this battle,” Freitas said. “Not only are they caring for the sick, but also doing their best to not expose themselves or their families,“ he added.

 Hospital officials said the generosity of the community and the desire to help has been astounding.  Hundreds of people have reached out to ask how to donate or how they can help.

Over the coming months, I.A.F.F. Local 616 members plan to continue donating to other hospital departments, including environmental and nutritional services that often go unrecognized but play a major role in keeping hospital operations running smoothly.

Brooks-TLC is honored to be among the benefactors of this community’s generosity.  Gift cards and care packages are always greatly appreciated to recognize and support our health care heroes.   Donations can be made to Brooks-TLC Hospital System by contacting community relations at or calling 716-363-3313.

Photo 1 – morning donation (L to R):  Emilee Stenson, Marlissa Whitney, Holly Peters, Matt Slaven, Devin Freitas

Photo 2 – evening donation (L to R): Lucy Rosario, Devin Freitas, Matt Slaven, Dr. Heather Janik