There’s no two ways about it: Pamela Orlando was an Italian American hero.
She was a hero to her sons, 23 and 16, whom she raised after their father left when they were young. She was a hero to her sisters, a friend and guide who always made them laugh. She was a hero to her mother, always looking out for family, NorthJersey.com reports.
She was a hero when she rushed to fight COVID-19 as an ER nurse at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.
She holds a special place in the hearts of countless patients whose lives she saved during her 32-year nursing career.
She worked long hours — at least 60 a week for as long as her sons can remember — and three jobs to keep food on the table.
She never complained.
Orlando cooked on Sundays for friends and family, according to her mother, Ann Orlando. Anyone who needed a meal was welcome to her table.
Pamela Orlando died of coronavirus complications on April 16, and is one of the 64,000 Americans who have perished because of the disease.
She was, and always will be, a hero.