Police Officer Sings To Uplift Lifelong Friend Battling COVID-19

Music has been long considered to be a therapy for life and hospitals around the country have been using it to help cheer and boost the health of their patients.

Boston police officer, Lt. Gary Eblan has been lifting the spirit of one of his lifelong friends, a woman who has been hospitalized with COVID-19.


Lt. Eblan records videos of himself singing along to inspirational songs and sends them to Tina Santoro Asmar who has been admitted to Newton-Wellesley Hospital three weeks ago.

Eblan’s uplifting playlist include “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey, Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” and “You Raise Me Up” as performed by Josh Groban. Asmar’s condition has been up and down at times, but thanks to family, friends, and Eblan’s videos, she says she is feeling better.

Both of them have been close pals since they were in first grade. Asmar is the owner of Santoro’s Sicilian Trattoria in Dedham and has been featured on WCVB’s “Chronicle.”

She became COVID-19 positive just days before she was scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and wants everyone to get vaccinated.


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