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Essential Workers: Devin Hinchcliffe, '20

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Morristown, N.J. (October 2, 2020) – "When you become a police officer, a firefighter or an EMT, you take an oath to serve your community," explains Devin Hinchcliffe, '20. "That means when the community needs you most, it's time to step up to the plate and perform."

As a police officer and EMT, Devin's life has changed drastically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since domestic violence incidents, medical calls, and traffic accidents don't lend themselves to social distancing guidelines, Devin had to rely heavily on the use of personal protective equipment. Outfitted in protective suits, gloves, googles, and respirators to avoid infection, Devin went to work.

During the peak of the novel coronavirus, Devin saw a major influx of very sick patients who required immediate treatment and transportation. However, as a fourth-generation law enforcement officer with a deep conviction for helping others, Devin's concern was always for his patients and fellow first responders, never himself.

"One of the hardest things about working in these fields during this pandemic has been watching fellow police officers, firefighters and EMTs become sick and even die from COVID-19 as a result of performing their duties," says Devin.

During his time at SEU, Devin was able to mentor students also considering a career in law enforcement. He loved answering questions from those who weren't already in the field and passing on knowledge that he learned on the job.

"I always encourage people who want to better law enforcement and better their community to consider a career in law enforcement," says Devin. "Because wanting to improve your community is one of the core values of a good police officer."

Devin is one of the many essential workers that are part of the SEU community. See the full list here.