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Tuesday, 02 June 2020
To celebrate Thank a First Responder Day, Member for Reid, Dr Fiona Martin MP, has taken part in the NSW Police Association's #ThumbsUp4SafeCommunities campaign to show support for frontline first responders.
Following a recent visit to Burwood Police Area Command, Dr Martin said that local police officers have been working overtime during the pandemic to keep Australians safe.
“We now know that the Government’s decision to quarantine overseas return-travellers in hotels and accommodation was an extremely successful way to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Dr Martin stated.
“It was a huge operation to coordinate and the NSW Police played a significant role to ensure the process went smoothly and safely.” 
NSW Police have balanced their ordinary duties while also enforcing social distancing requirements and quarantine laws. Many first responders such as police officers, paramedics and emergency personnel have risked their own safety and health during this time.
“It’s extremely disappointing that throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen people filmed intentionally spitting, coughing or sneezing on police officers while claiming they were COVID-19 positive,” Dr Martin said. “This behaviour is appalling.”
“I am certain that the majority of residents in Reid, and those living beyond our electorate, are very grateful for the way our first responders have kept Australians safe during this time.”
The #ThumbsUp4SafeCommunities social media campaign encourages a positive message of gratitude for police officers working on the front line of the pandemic.

Dr Martin encourages others to post their photos giving a thumbs up for frontline workers. To learn more about the campaign, visit .

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