VIDEO: Irvington Township Mayor Tony Vauss Applauds Emergency Responder COVID-19 Response

Irvington Township Mayor Tony Vauss spent the weekend applauding the township's police and emergency responders for their effective ability to educate the community in practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Tony Vauss said in a statement, ”being a first responder is more than just a job and more about these heroes receiving a paycheck. It’s not even merely about the career. It is a calling.

I and every resident of Irvington Township salute our first responders who go above and beyond to answer the call fearlessly and relentlessly.

No matter how often that call comes – no matter how long and grueling the shift, no matter how severe the danger – they answer.

We’re forever indebted to all the untold good that first responders do. Now, more than ever”.

Mayor Vauss urges residents to help NJ flatten the curve in the fight against this pandemic by staying home unless it is essentially important to leave.

Mayor Vauss released the following letter to residents:

”It’s been a tough few weeks for, well, the world as we navigate a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic. My thoughts are with you and your families during these uncertain times.

Now more than ever, we can all appreciate just how small the world truly is, and the importance of coming together to protect our Irvington community in times of great need.

It's hard to navigate the unknown, but as we continue to better understand how to slow the spread of COVID-19 I want to do all I can to keep our residents, employees and local communities safe.

As the COVID-19 situation changes, our plans may too. In the meantime, staying connected to others is more important than ever, even when we can't be together in person, so I will continue reaching out any way I can to try and put a smile on your face or teach you something new while we're all doing the best we can.

From a personal standpoint, many of us are practicing social distancing by staying inside, canceling plans, and avoiding crowded spaces. Professionally, most of us are working from home with an indefinite timeline of when we’ll be returning to work.

During this time, there are many questions that arise around how you should move forward—if at all possible, stay indoors.

I talk a lot about having empathy—for each other, for our community, as we collectively navigate this crisis. To our first responders, I hope you and your families stay healthy, and I appreciate your support in keeping our Irvington community safe during these unprecedented times”.

The township has delivered and given out thousands of meals to residents who were in need according to Mayor Vauss.