IAM Lobstering Local 207 member Julie Eaton has risen to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic by assisting others in her coastal Maine community.

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“When the times get tough, we stand up for each other,” said Eaton. “And that’s something being a union member has really help instill in me.”

Eaton has been lobstering for 34 years and considers herself fortunate, but two weeks before COVID-19 made headlines in Maine, she almost lost her husband due to a massive heart attack. She will forever be grateful to the unheralded group healthcare providers who saved his life.

When her hometown of Stonington had to adjust to the virus, she immediately stepped up and began shopping for her neighbors. It has turned into much more than that.