Parade for healthcare heroes


CALLICOON and HARRIS, NY— Timed for the shift change at Grover Hermann Hospital and Catskill Regional Medical Center, county emergency vehicles lined up and paraded past the front door in a show of support for front-line medical workers. With lights flashing and sirens blaring, a line of fire trucks, ambulances and police cars slowly saluted those workers who are the backbone of the county’s medical response to the coronavirus. More than 70 firefighting, law enforcement and EMS agencies were represented.

In preparing for the event, caution was taken to keep the county’s emergency personnel safe. In the weekly Thursday evening call with all firefighter companies, Sullivan County Fire Coordinator John Hauschild directed departments to send one person in a vehicle and to avoid socializing. “This is not for the public. This is about honoring our health care workers and letting them know that they are not alone.”

“Both events were great,” Hauschild wrote in an email after the event.

A drone video of the parade at Harris can be seen on the Facebook page of the Rock Hill Fire Department.

As of April 13 in Sullivan County, there were 409 confirmed cases of COVID-19, eight deaths, and 245 people have recovered from the illness.

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