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Hometown: Millstone    
Submitted by: John Passuth    

Dr. Bonaparte tended to every man, woman and child as if they were his private patients or members of his family.

After Sandy hit, Dr. Bonaparte arrived at the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center in Farmingdale and tended to every man, woman and child as if they were his private patients or members of his family.

He patiently asked questions, looking for indications of problems. He knew that not every problem could be identified by scanning the population. Therefore, he worked slowly, going bed to bed. Dr. Bonaparte was sensitive to the psychological needs of people who were in a strange atmosphere with no more personal space than their temporary cot. He understood that many also needed the comfort of a hand to hold and someone to confirm they would be okay.

Dr. Bonaparte showed great compassion and remained at the shelter until he met with every person. He returned to the shelter the next day to conduct follow-up visits and to visit with new individuals. The atmosphere changed when he arrived as many worried faces transformed to a look of hope; knowing there was a professional who cared. He made a difference in the lives of those people.

 


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