This week’s Hometown Heroes are UNC medical center shuttle drivers — which includes folks like Eutie Wilson, Ike McKinney and Peter LaPlaca.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the drivers that take patients and their families from parking decks and the Ronald McDonald House to UNC Medical Centers have been of critical importance.

“They’re very friendly, really nice people,” said Laura Davis, “and regardless of COVID-19, they came in and were committed to their jobs and showing up.”

Davis said the shuttle drivers are committed to showing up — 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In addition, the drivers lend an ear to hear the stories of those who are heading to the medical center.

“They’ll have people that are coughing or sick, or they’ll have people that maybe have somebody that’s passing away or is very sick,” said Davis. “They hear all the stories and they listened to these people, especially at the McDonald House where it’s children that are in there.”

As we thank the great healthcare workers who have kept us all going through COVID 19, let’s also pause and thank the shuttle drivers for the UNC Medical Center and the work that they do to help patients and their families.

“They’re just really good heroes that nobody talks about necessarily. Just like people inside the hospital have been part of the system of taking care of people, I mean, I’m just pretty proud that there’s these workers that just have immense stamina and immense likeability and continue to work.” does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.

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