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November 12, 2013 > Nursing home heroes recognized

Nursing home heroes recognized

Submitted By Michael Emerson

AMVETS Hayward Post 911 conducted an Awards Ceremony at their monthly Post meeting on Thursday night, 7 Nov 2013 for Janitor Miguel Alvarez and Cook Maurice Rowland for their kindness and humanitarianism. The ceremony took place at the Hayward Veterans Memorial Building in Hayward. AMVETS Hayward Post 911's Commander Michael L. Emerson presented each man a framed certificate of appreciation and a $100 thank you check. Many members of Miguel and Maurice's family, local citizens and veterans were in attendance. Also staff from Congressman Eric Swalwell and Assemblyman Bill Quirk presented both men with certificates of appreciation.

Mr. Miguel Alvarez and Mr. Maurice Roland worked as a janitor and cook, respectively, for the Valley Springs Manor senior home in Castro Valley, California. When the owners of the facility informed their staff that the facility was being closed down by the government because of various violations and they would not be paid, almost all of the staff deserted and abandoned their patients and walked away, leaving the 19 elderly, bed-ridden, and mentally ill patients without care. Only Miguel and Maurice stayed, even though they knew they would not be paid.

They said they stayed because they knew the patients could not care for themselves and could die without care. Miguel and Maurice spent several days and sleepless nights helping the abandoned patients, feeding, medicating, giving emergency treatment and changing soiled undergarments and bed linens. Finally, after about four days and four sleepless nights, local fire and police departments stepped in and transported the 19 patients to other local nursing facilities.

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