Posts by Kayla Gibson

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Engage 2020
The Work Never Stops for Airside Ops CLT is much quieter with fewer staff and passengers, but those on the airfield and in the control room stay vigilant as they work to maintain safety and keep the Airport operating.  Brian Zoeckler Airside Operations is one of many essential employee groups working onsite…
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Delivering Dignity in Undignified Times: Lt. Stephen Fischbach

Engage 2020
Lt. Stephen Fischbach has a great big grin that makes me think he’s got stories to share. His uniform is crisp and sharp enough to make anybody with his Freedom Patrol Division of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police proud.   He tells a story about how he decided to become a police officer when he was 16. He and two teenage buddies wanted to try smoking cigars. When…
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Neither Snow nor Rain nor Heat nor Gloom: David Blair

Engage 2020
He’s the kind of mail carrier who can remain unruffled while delivering live bees to a beekeeper. And yes, that really did happen. He has the honey he got for Christmas to prove it. David Blair is a quiet, steady gentleman, unassuming and not much accustomed to being the center of attention. He started working as a mail…
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Courage Born of Caring: Robert Merriwether, RN

Engage 2020
The Choice  He woke up alone in a hotel room in NYC with a fever of 99.2 degrees. Not a big ugly deal — under normal circumstances. But on that spring day in 2020, normal circumstances were mere memories. Robert Merriwether had left family and home behind in Charlotte to serve as a registered nurse at the Henry J. Carter Hospital, a long-term care facility in Harlem. His assignment had been caring for COVID patients on ventilators. He was not only serving at the epicenter…
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Ruby Red Welcome

Engage 2020
Three huge ruby red rose bushes welcome everybody to the West Boulevard Library. They’ve never met a careful gardener, but they thrive anyway. No matter what. You can always count on them.   Today is the kind of Carolina spring day I’ll dream of in February, all open windows, crisp breezes, and a stellar view of all three rose bushes. I’m parked in the shade of a…
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Caring for the Community: Joshua Fernandez

Engage 2020
Compare Foods is the kind of supermarket that knows its customers inside out and thrives away from the wealthier parts of our city. It’s part of a local, family-owned company. As I pick up my cart, the security guard gives me a warm welcome. He’s busy counting the customers who come and go, making sure that there aren’t more people inside…
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