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Star Line offering free, round-trip Mackinac Island passages to frontline medical professionals & first responders in October

Courtesy: Star Line

ST. IGNACE, Mich. – Frontline medical professionals and first responders will be able to enjoy a free trip to Mackinac Island throughout the month of October, courtesy of Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet® Ferry.

“We wanted to find a way to thank those who have done so much to help our families and communities during the pandemic,” said Star Line Chief Executive Officer Jerry Fetty. “Frontline medical professionals and first responders are amazing people who have put themselves in harm’s way to help and protect all of us the past 18 months. We felt it was important to do something to show our appreciation for all they’ve done.

“As Mackinac’s only year-round ferry service, our Star Line family understands the unique challenges in providing continuous, essential services during the pandemic,” Fetty said. “We have great respect and admiration for those frontline medical professionals and first responders.”

Those who qualify for the free round-trip tickets, which will be available October 1-31, include:

  • Physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, respiratory therapists and respiratory technicians who have provided direct care to COVID-19 patients
  • Law enforcement officers including local and federal police officers, state troopers, county sheriffs, and correctional officers
  • Firefighters including career and volunteer firefighters
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s)
  • 911 Dispatchers

“October can be one of the most beautiful and relaxing months to visit Mackinac Island, so we sincerely hope these ‘everyday heroes’ will take advantage of this opportunity to travel to the island,” Fetty said. “Hopefully, this can help brighten one of the few days they have off during these challenging times.”

To claim the free ferry passages, qualifying workers should present their employee badge with professional credentials at the Star Line ticket office in either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Star Line’s Mackinaw City Dock #1 is located at 801 S. Huron Street, Mackinaw City, MI 49701. Star Line’s St. Ignace Dock #3 is located at 587 N. State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781. Complimentary tickets will not be available online. One round-trip per person, please.

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