Melanie Laweka, a paramedic with Albuquerque Ambulance Service, was named a Pandemic Hero by Albuquerque the Magazine for her work during the pandemic, and beyond.
Laweka is from Zuni Pueblo, where she also volunteers as a first responder for 24-hour shifts during her days off from Albuquerque Ambulance.
“There’s family, friends, relatives that I know that are sick, some that have passed on with the virus. It just seems to be spreading like wildfire because of the fact of the multi-generational families and the closeness of the people,” she told the Magazine. “I think that’s one of the hardest things on the Pueblo because we’re so family oriented it’s hard to stay away from each other.”
Laweka will continue to help those in need, on the job with Albuquerque Ambulance or on her off time.
"I like to help people and that’s why I’m here. And I will continue to be here.”