EMT Marie Castagna: Service is All in the Family

Marie Castagna’s energy is full-on, all the time. And it radiates out of her in many directions, with the community at its core.

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My husband Eric and I got onboard 3D printing face shield components for a regional volunteer print group in mid-March. We are both frontline workers-Eric a Farmington police sergeant and I am a Labor & Delivery RN at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital with friends and family in high-risk occupations, so the Covid-19 PPE shortage was a personal issue for us.

Jerry Baldwin is known to many throughout Connecticut’s northwest corner as a Rotarian, a banker, a father of five and a grandfather of many, a devoted community volunteer and avid golfer, but his years as a military man 55 years ago remain at his core. “The discipline factor when I finished the military was totally focused on doing well and I have always been proud to have served.”

Adam Zies-Way wanted to serve in the military since he was a child. Growing up, he was inspired by the stories about both his grandfathers’ service in World War II--one at Pearl Harbor and the other during the Berlin Airlift.

Michelle Hansen grew up in the Falls Village Fire Department. Her father served as chief and her mother was active in the Ladies Auxiliary. Like smoke from a fire, the experience permeated her. As an adult also joined the Auxiliary but in time wanted to serve in another way.