Winter Storm Nemo, the fifth biggest blizzard to hit Boston in the last 100 years, dumped nearly 25 inches of snow, warranted a statewide driving ban and shut down nearly everything in the city from businesses to the T.
Longwood Security Services, however, was not only operating; Longwood Officers were going above and beyond the call of duty, mobilizing all manpower and resources—extra food, vehicles, cots, shovels. As a result, Boston area hospitals, colleges and select residential communities that Longwood Security partners with weathered Winter Storm Nemo deftly and professionally.
In coordination with their counterparts at various locations, Longwood Security Officers reported to duty early, picked up shovels to clear roadways, sidewalks and parking spots, transported staff and fellow Officers to sites around the city and worked double shifts—garnering the attention and appreciation of Boston’s world-class institutions.
As the brilliant sunny, blue skies shone post storm, stories of gratitude and commendation began pouring into Longwood Security, both from Officers and administrative staff of our partners at the hospitals, colleges and residential communities.
Here are a few highlights, as told via email:
"My partner SPO Jim Walderon was on that night and the public saw Boston Police and Longwood marked vehicles everywhere...No other vehicle but the two. Feels pretty good be part of the BEST and this is just one of MANY reasons why we are."
SPO, Timothy Sousa
"Officer Morrill went above and beyond his normal duties as a Security Officer. The Facilities crew for The Boston Conservatory could not make it into work due to the vehicle driving ban so Brian took it upon himself to shovel the walk ways and stair. His dedication to The Boston Conservatory and Longwood Security does not go unrecognized and is greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work!!"
Public Safety Operations Manager
The Boston Conservatory
Boston Architectural College
"I also would like to applaud the security staff, Officer Eddie O’NeaI, Officer Steve Alzate and Officer Melvin Ruiz. They took turns cleaning off the cars every two hours for the staff. They were so helpful and we truly appreciate it."
Emergency Department Administration
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
"A special “thumbs up” to Longwood Officers Arzu and McDonald, who stepped up big time, stayed and worked numerous extra shifts during the weekend storm. We would have been shorthanded without these 2 officers, perhaps creating a public safety hazard for Berklee students and faculty. Nice job!"
"A Longwood Officer that picked up [redacted] on the morning of the storm shoveled a path for them to get from their door to the SUV. His name is Officer Adam Hussey. A very nice thing to do, just wanted to pass along our appreciation."
Boston Children’s Hospital