With our country facing a virus pandemic, it’s gratifying to see neighbors helping neighbors. In addition, volunteers are using their special training and skills to assist others.
One of those volunteers, for instance, was former Rome funeral home owner Bob Gulla.
Gulla was profiled last week in a Daily Sentinel story by reporter Nicole A. Hawley. In it, Gulla described how he and other volunteers, along with members of the Army and Air Force National Guard, assisted downstate funeral homes that were overwhelmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their job was to recover the bodies of those who “died naturally” and bring them to the nearest medical examiner’s office.
The request for help was made by a company he signed up with that would deploy volunteers in case they were needed anywhere around the world for mass casualty disasters. Gulla works full-time for Don’s Ford of Utica.
Gulla said a difficult task was trying to console families and answer their questions with such limited information available.
Gulla credited the young members of the National Guard who assisted their efforts, with several facing the harsh reality of seeing a deceased person for the first time. He praised the response from local community members who stepped up to honor their first-responders during the crisis.
Thanks to people like Gulla and the medical staff and workers from other states who assisted, New Yorkers are benefiting from a huge amount of extra help. We thank them all.