University of St. Thomas Magazine COVID-19 Special Edition


Paper hearts on windows. Children waving to grandma and grandpa through glass doors. Young, healthy adults grocery shopping for elderly neighbors. These examples of connection and survival are both heartbreaking and uplifting, as people navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful to St. Thomas alumni who are giving back, too. Meet a few of these Tommie heroes! ALUMNI STEP UP IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS By Jamie Proulx

for three shifts totaling 24 hours, between Friday night and Sunday evening,” he said. Ford also works full time at CHS Inc. and makes time for his young family as much as he can. “In addition to staying home with our young kids and working remotely for CHS, being on the front lines as

Bloomington, Minnesota, Chad Ford ’99 typically attends weekly trainings and responds to 20 or 30 calls a month. Usually, only a small portion of those are medical calls, but that has changed. He and his fellow firefighters are supporting increased medical calls, which they share with EMS and other first responders. “Last weekend, I worked at Station 4

Chad Ford ’99: The Volunteer Firefighter As a volunteer firefighter in

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