COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Being a frontline worker is never easy, and being a frontline worker during the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't been any easier. Many workers have been at the forefront of the pandemic, battling through the ups and downs.
Now, one local funeral home is showing its appreciation for the work frontline workers do through their annual Public Servants Breakfast.
The Swan-Law Funeral directors home created their Public Servants Program five years ago to honor those who serve daily. Through that program, they hold an annual Public Servants Breakfast.
"We are providing our 5th annual Public Servants breakfast for the community which includes, the police department, the sheriff's department, American Medical Response, the fire department, Monument, and Fountain surrounding areas to say thank you for all you do," said Theresa Wiederspahn, the Director of Community Outreach.
After canceling the breakfast due last year due to the pandemic, Weiderspahn said this year's event felt special compared to years past.
"Oh my gosh, it has been wonderful, people are so excited to get back together and talk to each other and see each other and eat with each other," added Weiderspahn.
Battalion Chief with Colorado Springs Fire Department Jess Kruckeberg said he feels grateful for this recognition.
"The support from the community is wonderful, we are coming off a pretty busy year within the Colorado Springs Fire Department, with all the different COVID restrictions and the level of PPE the firefighters have to wear."
This year, out of the 45,000 calls they've taken, about 70,000 were medical calls--dealing with COVID-19 patients and more.
"When they go out on those calls, they've had to wear gowns and face-masks, goggles, gloves and really had a high index of suspicion to the scene they go into so that they don't get COVID so it has put a lot of extra pressure on our people this year," said Kruckeberg.
Weiderspahn hopes that this breakfast will show a taken of their appreciation for their hard work, and the extra pressure frontline workers have had to endure this past year.