‘Angels for Anthony’: Huron, Tuscola counties rally behind first responder battling coronavirus

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 10:51 PM EST
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BAD AXE, Mich. (WJRT) (11/19/2020) - He’s practically a force of nature: Officer Anthony Jobes’ work as a first responder on the front lines takes him clear across Huron and Tuscola counties.

Yet, a sudden role reversal means Jobes is now the one in need.

“Anthony and his entire family has provided for Huron County in so many aspects,” Linda Shisler said.

One could easily call Jobes one of Huron County’s most familiar faces.

“He is an officer with the Caro Police Department,” Shisler said. “He also works at multiple other agencies within the county. He’s also a firefighter.”

Jobes has also spent the last eight years saving lives with Central Huron Ambulance. About a week ago, breathing problems sent him on a very different trip to the hospital.

“[Anthony was] first transferred over to Pigeon Hospital,” Shisler said. “He was transferred from there to Saginaw and then from there onto U of M.”

Doctors diagnosed Jobes with coronavirus and put him on a ventilator. His critical effort on the front line had put him in harm’s way. The EMT had become the patient.

“All the prayers that have been going out for him,” Shisler said. “Angels symbolize the same thing.”

His boss, Linda, couldn’t stand by. She launched Angels for Anthony, selling $5 pins to make sure he’s taken care of.

“It’s been an overwhelming response,” Shisler said. “Initially, I started out with … the supplies to do 200 pins. Within one day, those orders exceeded that.”

So, Linda ordered 200 more, only to find those too quickly sold out. A third order now brings the running total to 600 Angels for Anthony, including, perhaps, at least one guardian angel.

“His oxygen levels have been better,” Shisler said. “He’s been able to be responsible for moving his hands and that sort of thing.”

An update on his Facebook page showed Jobes had been extubated Thursday and had the chance to speak with family. The pins are a means to an end. His friends and family just want Jobes to pull through.

Anyone who wants to purchase an Angel for Anthony pin, reach out to the program’s organizers using the email addresses below:

Linda Shisler:

Paula Kipper:

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