Danbury Local Hero Is ‘The Person That Runs Towards A Crisis’

Nurse Dustin Salzberger cut his hours at the New Milford VNA so that he could help in the ICU at Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital.

By Rich Kirby, Patch Staff
Dustin Salzberger, a Danbury resident,​ is a registered nurse working part-time at the Intensive Care Unit​ at Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.
Dustin Salzberger, a Danbury resident,​ is a registered nurse working part-time at the Intensive Care Unit​ at Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. (Eliza Love)

DANBURY, CT — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who's making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented times. Here at Patch, we've launched an initiative to help recognize these everyday heroes.

Dustin Salzberger, a Danbury resident, is a registered nurse who just reduced his hours at the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice to start working part-time at the Intensive Care Unit at Charlotte-Hungerford Hospital in Torrington.

Although he "loves his job at the VNA," Salzberger "felt compelled to help" when the COVID-19 crisis hit, according to the nomination from Eliza Love, of Danbury.

"With the support of the VNA he is able to help those in need at the Charlotte-Hungerford ICU and continue to support his home-bound patients. In addition to this, he is a single parent to two children. He's always been a hero to me and his drive to help those in need at this time is proof of true super-powers!," Love said.

"Dustin is one of the most empathic and supportive men I know. He is the person that runs towards a crisis and that is exactly what he is doing during this pandemic. He IS the person you want to have by your loved-ones' bedside, holding their hands."

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