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wife and employees, and we all agreed that going to New
York was the right thing to do.”
JUMPING RIGHT IN
Pamer’s first volunteer assignment was at Elmhurst Hospital
“Elmhurst Hospital had over 170 intubated patients in
the hospital and much of it had been transformed into a
giant ICU,” Pamer explains. “It was like a war zone. It was
like being in a different country. New York had become a
ghost town. The airport was empty. The taxis had the fronts
and backs taped off to prevent air passage. The streets were
empty. The subways were empty. No one was working. Almost
every business was closed. Everyone stayed inside. No
one came out.
“Anyone you did see wore a mask and stayed away from
Adding to the fear during the initial months was seeing how mercilessly the
virus attacked normally clear lungs with an unprecedented speed and ferocity.
others. It was a plague and with so many dead and dying
every day, you could feel the seriousness in the air as surely
as you could see and smell.”
Pamer was undaunted.
“When I saw this and felt it that very first day, even before
starting in the hospital, I knew I had made the right choice. It
was one of those rare moments of true inspiration and humility
to know you are truly needed and you can really help
your fellow human beings.”
In the beginning, the most difficult thing Pamer had to deal
with was watching patients die alone.
“There was so much fear. There was so much death. The
death toll was the most difficult thing to witness,” he recalls.
“People just kept dying, sometimes over a dozen a day. What
do you do when you run out of ventilators or supplies? What
do you do when there isn’t anyone else available to help or
Pamer’s first volunteer assignment was working in a hastily created ICU at
New York City’s Elmhurst Hospital where over 170 patients were intubated.
The entire office staff came together to make a donation to DrCare4All, an area nonprofit organization created to help the indigent community to afford
medical supplies and care. Although the staff missed Pamer when he was away fighting COVID, they remained focused on helping their patients here.