As I reflect on my almost 18 years working here, I think about all the wonderful memories I’ve shared with my colleagues: dancing to fun tunes during the Security and Parking annual Awards Night dinner, dressing up as a polar bear to collect donations for Toys for Tots, and celebrating with colleagues at ice cream socials. These are the kinds of memories that will last a lifetime.

Most importantly, I’ve loved working every day to protect BWH from the outside in. From serving on BWH’s Infant Security Team to chasing down alleged fugitives on hospital property, my number one priority has always been to keep the Brigham safe. I was extremely humbled and honored to be recognized for this commitment early on in my career here, when I was named BWH Employee of the Month my first month on the job. I also feel so fortunate that I’ve had outstanding mentors at the Brigham.

In just a few days, I will begin a new chapter in my life. I look forward to spending more time with family, especially my children and grandchildren. Thank you for everything, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I have made lifelong friends whom I’ll cherish forever. When I walk out of the Brigham after my final shift, I’ll be telling myself that it’s not “goodbye.” It’s “see you later.” A big piece of my heart will always remain on Francis Street.

Earl Strong, Exterior Operations Supervisor, Security and Parking

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