Waterfire Celebrates Local COVID Heroes

by | Sep 6, 2021

EG Deputy EMA Director Fred Gomes was among those honored

Fred Gomes representing East Greenwich at Waterfire.

The first WaterFire in two years took place Saturday evening at sunset in downtown Providence and honored representatives from each city and town who contributed to the vaccination efforts and reopening of the economy following the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Town Manager Andy Nota chose Fred Gomes, the town’s deputy EMA director, to represent EG. ”His work in coordination of our local vaccination response and in communication with the various state agencies involved played a major role in our success locally and with our continued response today,” Nota said. 

Gomes took the lead in organizing the numerous COVID-19 vaccination clinics held last winter and spring at Swift Community Center, East Greenwich High School and Cole Middle School. You can read more about the town’s vaccination clinics HERE.

Congratulations, Fred. And, thanks.


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Hub Brennan
Hub Brennan
September 6, 2021 10:01 am

Mr. Gomes led an emergency effort that saved any number of lives in our community. He is an extremely talented and valuable public servant. This is a well deserved recognition.

Anne musella
Anne musella
September 8, 2021 12:30 pm

Under Mr. Gomes’ leadership, the town vaccination clinics – particularly those earmarked for school faculty and staff, followed by student clinics at our schools – were crucial in expanding in-person learning at our middle and high schools last spring. We owe him, and all involved, a debt of gratitude.


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