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Bridgewater Officials Send Message of Support During Pandemic: “Take Care of Each Other”

Editor’s Note: This article is part of BeaverCountian.com’s ongoing series, “The Beaver County Coronavirus Chronicles,” the county’s historical experience of the pandemic. Click here to see more of the series.

BRIDGEWATER

The camera’s angle was only so big and the three knew they were violating the social distancing rule, but they felt what they had to say was important for their small town to hear.

So at 7:30 this morning, Bridgewater Mayor Tim Reddinger, council person Judith Bert and Fire Chief Chuck Bates stood side by side before the camera and made a video later shared on social media.

And this is what they told their 800 fellow residents: You are not alone.

“Our community has suffered through many crises, floods, blizzards, and we’ve always come together,” Bert said. “If you’re out of town and you have a relative in town, please feel free to call the fire department or the police department for a welfare check. Take care of each other, if you’re going to the grocery store, call your neighbors, see if you need bread, milk or whatever. Don’t panic. We’re here and we’re a unit.”

Bates reminded everyone to follow government guidelines. “Wash your hands, wipe things down, keep things clean. We are all in this together.”

And Reddinger stressed calmness and taking care of each other and especially the elderly.

“We will survive and we will come out the end, and when we do, please, please go to our local businesses. They have been so cooperative in closing down and just to-go orders, but they’re not multi-millionaires and they’re not big box stores, so when it’s over remember them,” Bert said.

Later, Bert said Reddinger initiated the idea on Friday night and they agreed it was a good thing to do.

“We thought we could show the town that we’re all working together. We felt that it was really important to say that there weren’t separate entities. That any time they needed anything, we’ve always taken care of our own down here,” Bert said. “We wanted to make them feel that we were here and if anything happened they could call.”

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Lori Boone
Lori Boone
Lori DeLauter Boone has more than 20 years of experience in investigative and community journalism. She’s won more than a dozen regional, state and national journalism awards.

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