GREEN, Ohio — Mask makers have played a huge role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
In Green, Ohio, located in Summit County, two dispatchers are doing double duty to save lives during the pandemic.
What You Need To Know
- Dispatchers on the midnight shift sew masks during their down time
- About 900 masks have been donated
- Residents can request a mask through the city
Since early March, dispatchers Carrie Cline and Cindy Sullivan have been sewing masks during their down time at work. They work the midnight shift as fire and EMS dispatchers for the City of Green.
"I think people are afraid to go to the hospital, so it seems to have slowed down just a little bit," said Cline. "It feels good, I like helping people, that's the job so I feel like that just kind of just fits in with everything else."
So far, the two dispatchers have cut, sewn and donated about 900 masks. They've used money from their own pockets to buy the material and people have donated material as well.
"We work two days together and then three days apart, so normally on the days we're not here together, one of us will cut masks, the other one will pin and then when we are physically in the room together, we sew together," said Sullivan.
Cline and Sullivan have been dispatchers for 11 years. Fire Chief Jeff Funai says they're just one example of many in the City of Green who are helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
"Our mission is to save lives and, you know, we're kind of an all hazards group so it's whatever the need is we try to come up with a way to meet the need and really, they're an example of what's been happening all over the city. We have this whole army of mask makers that are out there working hard and these two are a part of that," said Chief Funai.
Residents can request a mask through the city's website and then a group of volunteers will deliver them.
It's a selfless act to save lives by two people who have spent their careers keeping people safe.
"It feels good inside. It makes the shift go faster and it's good to do something to help people because one day you may need something yourself," said Sullivan.