Local "Covid Avengers" Working To Make Free Face Shields For Medical Professionals 

Wendy Bell
April 10, 2020 - 6:32 pm
Covid Avengers

Photo Provided by Robert Ruscher's GoFundMe Page

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - What does a math teacher have in common with two Pittsburgh filmmakers? 

With the economy shut down and schools closed, the three certainly have time on their hands. 

But when you throw in a handful of 3D printers and a decided need for personal protective equipment in cities all across America, David Altrogge, Rob Ruscher and Brad Adams discovered an opportunity to make a difference.​


So they started Covid Avengers, a loose group of "strangers" across southwestern PA now printing the components of face shields for medical professionals. 

Brad and a few other teachers in Indiana, PA, are working with about 20 of their students to make the headbands for the shields. The plastic, protective shield part?

"Remember the old overhead projectors in school and the plastic sheets your teacher used to write on?" Brad asked me. "That's the shield part. It's really cool."

The three men have started a Go Fund Me with a $5,000 goal to pay for their supplies. Each PPE they make and distribute is given completely free of charge.

"The people we give the shields to are so overwhelmed, it's amazing," Rob told me. "They say they were having the worst day and then we hand them a shield and you can see everything changes. How great."

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