Updated April 21, 2020 - 9:07 am
William Dellaechaie said a recent trip to a Veterans Affairs hospital with his father made clear the immense pressure health care workers are under during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I talked to my wife and my brothers about it that night,” Dellaechaie said. “We decided we’d come together, get out here and do our civic duty and help these people out.”
Dellaechaie’s business, Summit Restoration, is offering free cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles for health care workers and first responders. The business, co-owned by his wife, Molly, set up a cleaning station in a parking lot at 325 Promenade Place in downtown Las Vegas, near Symphony Park Avenue.
In the past few weeks, they’ve cleaned at least 1,600 vehicles for firefighters, police officers, marshals, health care workers, and veterans and their family members.
“They are getting booted and suited every day, so the least we can do is get suited and booted and come out here and back them up,” William Dellaechaie said.
Another business, Immaculate Restoration and Carpet Care, is taking nominations of first responders to get their vehicles cleaned on the company’s website, immaculaterestoration.com. Nominations can also be submitted by phone at 702-313-3300.
“We will do as many as we can,” co-owner Steven Pieri said. “We want to give back to the community and help support their efforts as they are out here on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 crisis.”
David Roger, general counsel for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, spoke to Dellaechaie over the phone and has helped get the word out.
“We certainly appreciate these efforts and the kind gestures,” Roger said.