'Risks His Own Health' Wilmington Hero Firefighter/EMT

Christopher Huffaker

WILMINGTON, MA — In the time of the coronavirus outbreak, it can be heroic to just keep going to work, putting yourself on the line to allow others to stay home and stay safe. We all know someone who's making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented times. Here at Patch, we've launched an initiative to help recognize these everyday heroes.

This submission comes from Allison Koster of Wilmington, Mass., who nominated her husband Derek:

Where the nominee lives:
Wilmington

Where the person who nominated the hero lives:
Wilmington

Name of the nominee:
Derek J. Koster

Name of the person who nominated the hero:
Allison Koster

Is the nominee considered an “essential worker”?:
Yes

What does the nominee do for work?:
Fire lieutenant/E.M.T.

Why do you believe the nominee should be recognized or honored?

My husband works as a fire lieutenant for the Woburn Fire Department and volunteers to work overtime as a emergency medical technician. He works long hours away from home and works on the ambulance when he doesn’t have to.

What’s one thing you want everyone to know about your hero?:

He is a caring person who treats everyone with respect no matter what. Risks his own health to transport people to hospital and help people when then need it .

Thank you for everything you do, Derek!

>> Do YOU have a local hero you would like us to know about? Share their story here.

This article originally appeared on the Wilmington Patch