BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) Apr 2, 2020

A Birmingham police officer shows an act of compassion and kindness towards a group of homeless people during one of her patrols this week.

Officer Jeanette Prince was out patrolling Birmingham’s Southside community when she noticed a group of homeless people outside of a church. While Officer Prince was talking to the group, she learned that the church has not been able to do its breakfast feeding for the homeless.

That’s when Officer Prince decided to take it upon her self to drive to McDonald’s, buy food and drinks for the homeless, and hand them out herself.

When a passerby wanted to take a picture of the act of kindness, the officer said she was “simply doing her job.”

Ford Motor Company began producing face shields in its factory and was able to deliver more than 7,500 of them to the New York Police Department between March 25 and April 6. (Photo: Ford)

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread, many manufacturers shut down their usual operations because of a lack of demand for their products and supply chain problems, among other issues. But instead of letting their factories sit idle, some companies altered their production lines to help meet the growing need for face masks and other supplies to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders.

While a good chunk of the population has been sheltering at home to limit possible exposure to COVID-19, officers have not had that luxury. They've had to work longer shifts and forgo time off while risking their health, sometimes without enough personal protective equipment to keep themselves safe.

To help, Ford delivered more than 7,500 face shields to the New York Police Department between March 25 and April 6. The face shields were produced in a Ford factory by Ford workers. By that time the automaker announced it had delivered 1 million face shields to medical workers and first responders nationwide since March 23.

The face shields delivered directly to the NYPD were in addition to 30,000 that were shipped to New York City by Ford.

EARLY, Iowa (KTIV) - April 17, 2020

With cases of COVID-19 rising daily, it can be the little things that make someone's day.

The Early, Iowa, Fire Department showed their community they were thinking of them, through a kind gesture for the whole town.

The department hosted a parade on Friday. They drove their trucks around Early with lights and sirens, and waved at residents, while they watched from their yards, to observe social distancing rules.

With the help of Tyson Foods, the department also handed out packaged meat to everyone who was home in the community, as a pick-me-up for everyone.

Fire Chief William Cougill says he's proud of his team and happy to help his residents in times of need.

I've got a great group of guys," said Cougill. " They're all ready to go at a moment's notice, helping me do whatever we need to do. And when you live in a small community you've got to be that way. You've got to help each other out. And hopefully, the community understands how much they mean to us, you know, as individuals."

Cougill says he hopes the parade and the packaged meat was a way to remind the community, first responders are ready to serve.

The team wore masks and gloves while distributing the packaged meat, to help protect themselves and others.

Photo taken in 2019 -  Prior to social distancing

Philadelphia EMT serves community on front lines during COVID-19 pandemic

For the past nine years, Melissa Herrera’s passion has been serving as an EMT. She’s currently with Engine 68 for the Philadelphia Fire Department.

PHILADELPHIA -April 6 

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created challenges to being able to safely do her job, but also emotional conflict for people whose first instinct has always been to help others.

“I enjoy the fact that I can help someone else. Someone else in need. 

For the safety of the patients as well as her own, EMTs now have to stop and put on protective gear before they can rush in to save someone. They see every day just how serious this pandemic is.

“We see the fevers, the difficulty breathing, the shortness of breathe, more respiratory cases, we’re seeing a lot more respiratory," she explained.

“Stay home, honestly stay home. If you don’t have to be out, stay home," she said.

Herrera is working 14 hours daily, running into potential risk to protect us but like so many others, she doesn’t consider herself a hero. She doesn't want any credit, just saying that it’s the job she chose to do, and it’s something she enjoys doing.

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