Photos – Sirens support healthcare workers

The Indian River Sheriff's Office hosted a salute to health care workers at Cleveland Clinic Indian River April 17, 2020. The first-responders saluted the hospital staff for an uninterrupted 60 seconds followed by thank you's from all involved. The Sheriff's office asked all law enforcement and fire rescue in the county to activate their lights and sirens at 7:00 p.m. Friday. [Kaila Jones/32963]

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — In an effort to show solidarity with healthcare workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, county first responders activated their lights and sirens for an uninterrupted 60 seconds late Friday.

The event, organized by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, aimed to show support for healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients. So far, more than 80 people in Indian River County have tested positive for COVID-19, causing two deaths, Florida Department of Health officials said.

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital posted a video of the tribute to its Facebook page. The video shows several first responder vehicles and regular vehicles lined in a row outside of the hospital.

Several people can be heard counting down to “one” before one person yells “light ’em up.” Flashing lights from law enforcement agency and fire rescue vehicles lit up the area, along with buzzing siren sounds.

A huge “thank you” sign in the shape of a heart could be seen outside of the hospital.

What a show of support! Thank you Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, first-responders and the community for saluting our caregivers and healthcare workers across the county. We greatly appreciate it!

Posted by Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital on Friday, April 17, 2020

 

“What a show of support! Thank you Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, first-responders and the community for saluting our caregivers and healthcare workers across the county,” Cleveland Clinic said in the Facebook post. “We greatly appreciate it!”

Law enforcement and fire rescue crews were stationed at different areas throughout the county when they began the countdown. At 7 p.m., the first responders activated their lights and sirens.

Some units were stationed at the Sebastian emergency room, Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, the south county emergency room and Hospital Row. Residents in attendance held up large signs that read “Our heroes, you rock” and “Be safe. Thank you. You are awesome.”

If deputies get enough support, they will continue hosting the event each Friday at 7 p.m.

Photos by Kaila Jones

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