Coronavirus News: Local heroes on Long Island honored for volunteer work during pandemic

BALDWIN, Long Island (WABC) -- Several local heroes on Long Island were honored for their volunteer work during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Zhanna Weinstein has volunteered more than 1,100 hours as an EMT during the COVID crisis this summer while still attending nursing school.

"I'm home. I wake up in the middle of the night anyway, why not just keep going with it," Weinstein said.

As an EMT, she shows compassion to her patients and her peers, and has a tremendous amount of pride in whatever she does.

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On Tuesday night, this 25-year-old, along with more than a dozen other Long Island residents, were recognized by their local Nassau County legislator Debra Mule, for going above and beyond while the pandemic wreaked havoc on all our lives.

During the time of COVID, John Carey assisted the ministry's food pantry week after week, to pick up food donations, bring them to the parish and organize the food pantry.

Carey, a retired educator, volunteered at his local food pantry to help the increasing number of families put dinner on the table.

And Nick LaBorne, who is an ABC studio manager by day and a critical volunteer by night.

Thanks to his 'can do' spirit, he made sure the Freeport Fire Department and Village Hall were properly sanitized and that workers were kept safe.

He started procuring protective gear long before demand surged and supplies dropped.

"I have the best of both worlds. I work in TV, at ABC News, and i can also be a firefighter," LaBorne said. "I just love what I do."

These are not the heroes who make headlines or win medals, but they make a huge difference in their communities.

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