INDEPENDENCE, Mon – Tue Kansas City Mavericks will honor front workers on Saturday.
When you think of frontline workers, you likely think of doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. They are all honored, but some are also honored in professions that do not all often receive the same level of recognition.
Most of the patients at Centerpoint Medical Center will never see Gamaliel Felix.
“We show up and tackle things like every other day, one problem at a time,” said the operations engineer.
He was there almost every day during the pandemic to make sure the boilers continued to run during the record cold, check pressure on isolation rooms, and service and maintain life-saving equipment for patients.
“I don’t save lives, but I help support and keep things going for the people who do,” said Felix.
Because of this, the Kansas City Mavericks have named him one of 20 heroes they’ll invite out onto the ice to be honored during Saturday’s break in the game against Tulsa at 7:05 p.m.
“We believe the least we can do to thank our community members who go out every day to protect our community and put their lives at risk,” said Lydia Taylor, Community Relations Manager at Mavericks.
Each player wears a job of a front worker on his jersey of his choice.
For defense attorney Connor Doherty, it will be his mother’s job: a teacher. But there will be many unsung heroes, including bus and delivery drivers and food service workers.
“Some people you might not even think about if they are garbage collectors out there to pick up your trash. You are putting yourself at risk to keep the world going, ”Doherty said.
“It’s great to be recognized. You don’t think you’re out there when you’re a first-aider sometimes, “said Felix.
More information about Mavericks Prize winners during Front Line Workers Night can be found here.
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