The nurses who volunteered to go to NYC to care for the people afflicted with COVID have been staying at the New Yorker Hotel in midtown Manhattan. There are charter buses that leave from the hotel every 12 hours from that hospital, transporting the medical personnel from the hotel to the various hospitals in the city. Shift change occurs, and then the bus returns to the hotel with the nurses who just went off shift.
That changed tonight. Rioters managed to stop the bus and attack its occupants. From one of the nurses who was there:
Our bus driver, Roger, was attacked last night by these despicable people. I’m the first that will respect every American’s right to peaceful protest. I’m seeing it firsthand the protest had been hijacked by Antifa and thieves. I’m headed home tomorrow due to this exact reason. I came here to help the people here during the pandemic and now having to leave due to riots. It’s so disheartening to witness the lawlessness exhibited not by the protesters, but the groups(Antifa) hiding behind the peaceful protest. I can’t and will never support their behaviors.
My son is fine, he is not one of the people who rides that bus, and is not staying in that hotel. However, he is not happy at all with the situation, and is looking forward to getting out tomorrow. He has decided that he will not return. He told me the other night: “The way I have been treated makes me want to say, ‘Fuck New York. I don’t care if the entire city is dying, I don’t want to come back.'”
This attitude is one I am beginning to see from all of my first responder friends.