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First Responders Parade Shows Appreciation for Healthcare Workers

First responder trucks line up at the north end of the Lutheran Hospital campus on Monday, December 22, 2020.

First responders lined up in their vehicles at Lutheran Hospital Monday night to show their appreciation to healthcare workers heading into the holidays.

This is the second time this year that first responders have organized a parade for healthcare workers, the first one was back in April at the beginning of the pandemic.

Chief Brian Gillett of the Washington Township Fire Department says they’ve been seeing spikes in cases again following Thanksgiving and they wanted to do another parade.


“We just felt like that it was something we could do by coming out here for a few minutes and showing the doctors and nurses our support,” he said.



Santa waves from the front fire truck as the parade begins on Monday, December 22, 2020.

Gillett says first responders are going into homes of people who are sick every day, but they’re only spending a few minutes with them. Doctors and nurses may spend weeks with the patients they bring in.

The trucks lined up on the north side of the Lutheran Hospital campus, with Santa riding on top of the leading fire truck, and drove a loop around the hospital with their lights and sirens on.

Another parade is scheduled for Tuesday at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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