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For the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting Penguins fans on the FIRST LINE in the fight against Covid-19 on our social media pages (nominate your essential employee, healthcare worker or volunteer here).  We wanted to give you a little more info on some of those making a difference, so every Monday we’ll be introducing you to one of those nominees in our FAN FILES feature.  

Today, we’re chatting with Frank Slymock.

Are you an essential worker? 
Yes, I am a Paramedic and Fire Chief of the Borough of Edwardsville.

For you, what has been the most challenging part of this transition?
The day to day operations, everything has changed. The added protection, wearing the protective gear, the masks, dealing with the unknown, not knowing who has Covid-19 or who does not, so everybody gets treated equally. 

Is your family, neighbors or community doing anything unique to stay connected?
Over the fence social distancing, they are in their backyard, I am in mine. You see people on the street, you just wave. There is no more walking up and hand shaking, no close interactions. 

What hobbies or activities have you focused on while social distancing? 
Fishing!

What type of music or artists do you listen to?
All country music. Reba McEntire would be my one of my favorites!

When you are home, what are your favorite snacks?
Pretty much anything, pretzels. I am a big heart pretzels fan.

Do you have a book, recipe or TV recommendation?  
When it is on, I like to watch hockey mostly. We watch a lot of movies on Netflix, genres like suspense. 

What’s your favorite hockey memory?
My first game I ever went to. I wasn’t a hockey fan. When the Penguins came, a friend of mine and I sat three rows behind the goal we attack twice, it was second round of the playoffs, and that got me hooked on hockey. The sheer energy, the arena being full of people, and the constant moving, it was just a memorable experience. I had season tickets for the next three years and was hired through Trans-Med Ambulance. I am mostly at the games with the trainer and the team and we take care of the EMS for the arena. 

When hockey returns, what excites you most? 
The game, getting back to seeing everybody. The energy of the game never stops. Not to put any other sport down, like football has their timeouts. Hockey is a constantly moving and evolving game!

Do you have any suggestions that may help others physically or emotionally? 
Stay the course. Try to do what you can, wash your hands, wear a mask, and stay home as much as possible for the next few weeks.