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L&C student, Robert Whitener Helping COVID-19 Response in Yonkers, N.Y.

Article by: Colin Feeney, Riverbender, colinfromstl@gmail.com

ALTON - During the current COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the country and around the world, many medical professionals, such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, among others, are currently being hailed as heroes who are risking their lives in order to help out patients that are currently suffering from the disease. Some have traveled from near and far to assist others in many areas that are being hit the hardest by the pandemic.

Retired Alton firefighter Robert Whitener, who is now a registered nurse and earned his degree from Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, has answered that call for help, and is now in Yonkers, N.Y., located about 25 minutes from New York City, assisting with the response of the pandemic, which has hit both the city and state of New York particularly hard. He's working as a nurse in an intensive care unit of the local hospital in Yonkers.

Whitener, a 30-year resident of the Alton area and a former letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Alton, was inspired to volunteer by watching news reports on the pandemic from New York.

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