Dayton Native Heads to NYC to Assist Covid-19 Relief

Spotlight on Joseph Crabtree

Caring for others started at an early age for Joseph Crabtree, a Dayton native and new Temple Israel member.  The oldest of 5 siblings, he spent a lot of his childhood looking after his younger brothers and sisters when he wasn’t playing hockey or soccer.  This drive towards service encouraged him to enlist in the army as a Combat Medic.  While enlisted, he was stationed once at Ft. Richardson outside Anchorage, Alaska, and says that this was probably the most exciting place that he has lived.  After finishing active duty, he continued into civilian EMS.  When asked what he loves most, he says “I spend so much time at work I should probably say that is my favorite thing to do.  Joking aside, my favorite thing is to hike trails with my fiancé and dog.” Joseph also loves the Temple Israel community and says specifically that, “Rabbi Karen was super welcoming and helpful in getting me acclimated to Temple.” 

Currently, he is assisting the COVID-19 relief efforts in New York City, where the virus has spread so rapidly and has created a need for additional outside emergency responders.  “Upon reporting to NYC I was placed into the FDNY 911 system. The city’s emergency system was extremely overwhelmed. I spend my days responding and treating/transporting 911 calls. I work alongside FDNY EMS in South Bronx,” he explains.  Given his line of work, he has been extremely busy since the beginning of the outbreak, and says that he is looking forward to a “haircut and a few days off” when he returns.

May we all strive to look for the helpers in times of need, and keep those who dedicate themselves to fighting this pandemic close in our hearts and thoughts.

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