The Fort Worth Star-Telegram covered our donation of meals – together with members of our Fort Worth Isadore Garsek Lodge – to paramedics and EMTs in Fort Worth, thanking them for their service during the Texas winter storm.
Paramedics and EMTs with MedStar in Fort Worth got a special dinner Wednesday from Jewish service organization B’nai B’rith, the group’s way of showing their thanks.
“They worked through this pandemic and most recently through the winter storms and we wanted to show our thanks for that,” said Dan Sturman, vice president of the local B’nai B’rith chapter.
MedStar is the fourth group of frontline workers to receive this thanks since last year. Before COVID-19 found its way to Texas, B’nai B’rith served food to the firefighters at Fire Station 26 on Hulen Street and to the police at south division. Since COVID hit, the group delivered food to COVID ICU nurses and, now, MedStar.
This time, the service group brought meals for 70 paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers and other MedStar employees. Each meal came in a bag with a Jason’s Deli box lunch and a frozen chicken dinner, homemade with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and asparagus., for later.
Paramedic George Webster said the recognition was special to him because a lot of times it seems that MedStar’s work goes unnoticed.
“Of course we don’t do this for recognition, but it is nice to see and to know that our work makes a difference,” Webster said.
Alex Nason, president of the local B’nai B’rith chapter, said he got the idea to bring food to MedStar when they responded to a call from his house.
Nason’s wife, Sophia Nason, was feeling unwell but didn’t want to go to the hospital. When Alex Nason called MedStar, they came and sat with Sophia Nason, monitoring her condition, until she was feeling better.
But Nason said they deserved the recognition for all the work they’ve done in the past year, and that’s one of the things his organization exists for.
“We are a bunch of people who want to make a difference in the community,” Nason said. “Sometimes that’s in the Jewish community and sometimes that’s just in the community as a whole.”
The event was also attended by Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes and City Councilmember Brian Byrd.
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