DENVER — Healthcare workers and first responders continue to put themselves in harm's way during the course of the coronavirus pandemic, and many of them are concerned they could infect loved ones when they come home.
"That chance that I could bring it home, and my clothes, walk by my sisters and then breathing it in, it was very scary," said EMT Baily Queen.
Queen is one of 24 medical workers in Colorado to get an RV to use for free from the Facebook group "RVs for MDs."
"It’s actually pretty nice, it’s like a little hotel room; I can’t complain, it’s pretty comfortable. It has everything you need and I’m very fortunate to have gotten this," Queen said of the RV he plans on living in for another month.
The Facebook group helps medical workers around the country. Denver native Woody Faircloth is the executive director of the program.
"When you do something kind for someone with no expectation in return, it’s one of the most rewarding feelings you can do," Faircloth told Denver7.
Faircloth reached out to the group to volunteer his time. Given his experience getting RV's to those in need, it was a natural fit.
Faircloth has even taken it a step further by starting a non-profit called Housing COVID Heroes.
"I was talking to my neighbor who is an emergency room physician at Denver Health (this is about a month ago and) she was expressing concerns about bringing the virus home," he said.
Faircloth was able to put his neighbor in a hotel room in Downtown Denver donated by Noble Investment Group. They have offered as many rooms as needed. Faircloth said there are also RVs available right now for medical professionals.
"We’re all in this together and this is a beautiful example of people coming together to help each other," Faircloth said.