Whether here in Michigan, or in Ledyard, a small town in southeastern Connecticut, emergencies don’t stop just because the rest of the world has stopped. “Whole COVID-19 virus has completely changed how the emergency services respond to emergencies, medical emergencies in particular,” Saccone said. The Gales Ferry Volunteer Fire Company has been Tony’s home away from home for 20 years. He’s been a firefighter for 40 years, spending some of other time as a firefighter on the Groton Naval Submarine Base. He’s survived Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, but he’s never seen anything like this.