Helping out with the dead: Virginia expert deployed to NYC to help set up temporary morgue

A week ago, John Scrivani, 48, took the family camper on a solo trip.

The Spotsylvania County man’s destination wasn’t Disney World or the Outer Banks. Instead, he was driving to Brooklyn to help create a disaster morgue to handle the influx of bodies of coronavirus victims in New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S.

“The family knows that I’m cut a little different. I run toward the fight rather than away from it,” Scrivani said.

Scrivani is a director at the Virginia Department of Transportation, but he’s been called to New York to help because he has a unique background in crisis management.

“The city doesn’t look any different right now. It’s not like 9/11 or Hurricane Sandy. There’s just a lot less people on the street and everybody is quarantining,” he said.

Scrivani is spending his time in Brooklyn on a giant pier facing the Statue of Liberty, helping set up the Brooklyn Temporary Morgue.

Read the full story on the Richmond Times-Dispatch.