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The Black Suit

Message from Jeremy Simmons, Community CPR Board Member and CRHS Manager of Spiritual Care:

“A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy’s shoulder to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”


Many of you may not know, but I have three children that mean the world to me. A few weeks ago my wife suggested that I take off my work clothes before entering the house and immediately throw them into the washing machine when news broke about how this virus was spreading. Initially I thought that it was a bit much, but like many of you, I am willing to do whatever is necessary to protect those that I love. One day my four year old daughter saw me pulling my work clothes out of the dryer and putting them on as I was preparing to leave for work. She said, “Dad, what are you doing?” I responded to her by saying, “I’m putting on my suit so that I can go to work.” She responded to me saying, “Oh yeah, your superhero suit like Batman, that’s right.”

I didn’t realize that my daughter had equated the black suit that I’ve been wearing to work to the black suit that Batman wears to fight crime. In her eyes, I am a superhero. This made me think about many of you and how you are willing to put on your “superhero suits” every day to help others and how inspirational that is to the people that we love and the people that we serve. We all are superheroes that are dedicated to do whatever we can to help others. Remember, not all superheroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs, a few dress business casual and many of them wear hospital badges. Not all superheroes fight crime, some help care for patients directly, some help care for patients behind the scenes. As we continue to embark in unknown territory, let us remember who we are. We are superheroes that are built for this journey!


Jeremy Simmons

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