Face coverings just keep on coming.
In the spirit of partnership, as described by South Pasadena Mayor Bob Joe, two doctors have donated hundreds of masks to the city as the world continues to confront the COVID-19 crisis.
Joe, like others, is humbled and grateful by the generosity of members of the community who have stepped up to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to police officers, firefighters and city staff during stressful and trying times throughout the world.
On Monday, physicians Stephen Liu and John Itamura were recognized for their support in providing 400 masks for first responders, those at the front lines of the pandemic. Liu grew up in South Pasadena and Itamura is a current resident of the city.
“They really do share the human generosity and the human kindness of our community,” said Joe in the courtyard at South Pasadena City Hall during a brief ceremony. “I just want to say thank you to both of you for what you have done.”
A number of other individuals and organizations have reached out in recent weeks to donate masks and PPE and critical medical supplies to the city.
“During these unprecedented times, we’ve been very concerned about the safety of our residents, our first responders,” said said South Pasadena City Councilmember Dr. Marina Khubesrian, among those appreciating the efforts of the two doctors. “We are very grateful we will be able use these masks during this very difficult time. Thank you for contributing to the really strong fabric of volunteers in this community.”
The idea of wearing face coverings isn’t going away anytime soon, explained South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz. “This is going to be the new norm,” he said of the washable filtered masks donated by the physicians. “I think what you provided us is a long-term fix to this pandemic outbreak. Coming from the doctors it means an awful lot.”
Itamura talked about the “new territory we haven’t been in,” as the coronavirus has impacted millions around the globe, adding, “I think this is one part to help you get safer. Stephen and I definitely want to try and keep you guys healthy.”
Knowing how to properly put on and take off the masks was stressed by Itamura, who also talked about the importance of washing hands thoroughly to guard against the disease.
Liu, glad to lend a hand, added that “anytime you need our help, let us know. We will be there.”
The mayor stressed that Liu and Itamura “share the human generosity and the human kindness of our community,” he said. “A very special thank you for that. Recognizing our first responders in our city is very special.”