In a year when so many have stayed at home, Jackie Hairston did not. A 35-year U.S. Postal Service employee, she loved her job, deemed essential, inside the busy Ward Circle substation in Northwest D.C.
“Yes, she was dedicated,” her brother Melvin told the News4 I-Team. “She was loved by her coworkers; anybody would have loved her.”
Before her birthday in October, Melvin said he noticed something.
“At first I thought it was a cold. It was the flu,” he said.
And then the symptoms started. Jackie would run a fever and had trouble breathing. On Oct. 5, Melvin said her coworkers had to call an ambulance for his sister.
“They virtually had to grab her,” he said. “And they say, you’re going to, you know, you’re going to the hospital.”
Jackie was admitted to George Washington University Hospital and put on a ventilator. Two weeks later she was gone.