We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Richard “Rick” Semo, a security guard at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester after an assault while he was working. 

Over the past several months, communities all across New Hampshire have been reaching out to express their gratitude to the health care heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We count Mr. Semo among those heroes for his efforts to support the safety of the patients and staff at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues.

Violence in our society has become far too prevalent. As evidenced by the tragic death of Mr. Semo, health care workers are not immune to this senseless violence. It must stop. We need to come together to protect our health care heroes and prevent these tragic events from occurring in the future.