Sirens blasting, 25 emergency vehicles paraded down East High Street to Pottstown Hospital Monday night to offer their full-throated support of the front-line medical workers battling coronavirus.
|Photos and video by Evan Brandt|
Emergency responders line up in front of Pottstown Hospital
to salute the front-line medial workers there putting
their lives on the line to fight coronavirus.
"My sister is an RN in New York and she sent us a video of all the churches ringing their bells in support of the medical workers, and then the next day, all the fire trucks came by with their sirens sounding and I thought 'that's pretty cool. We should do something like that here,'" Ciresi said Monday evening.
The Pottstown Fire Department and EMS worker picked up the idea and ran with it.
Their participation was organized by Chad Quinter, chief of the Phillies Fire Company.
Medical workers in the window looking out on the parking lot
at Pottstown Hospital wave back at the emergency responders
applauding them Monday as part of an organized salute.
They then made their way down High Street to the hospital, sirens blaring and lights flashing.
"Limerick was supposed to be here too, but they had a fire," said Hand, as a Goodwill Ambulance took off from the hospital parking lot. "They have a call too," Hand said.
"We're so impressed with how the hospital staff is bearing up under this threat," said Hand. "It really shows the strength and backbone of this community."
A mask-wearing Rich Newell, CEO of Pottstown Hospital couldn't agree more.
Hospital staff gather at the entrance to Pottstown Hospital
to watch the emergency vehicle parade in their honor, all
while maintaining social distancing from them, naturally.
"And the show of appreciation from the community has been absolutely tremendous," he said.
Newell said the show of support by the first responders means a lot to the staff.
"I haven't seen anything like this before, except on the Fourth of July," he joked.
First responders from the Pottstown area applaud the staff
at Pottstown Hospital Monday evening.
"I know it must have made their night," she said of the employees. "We're so grateful for the support from the community. This is incredible. We all really appreciate this."
|Emergency vehicles lined up in front of Pottstown Hospital.|
Officials also reported 208 new positive cases of the virus in the county since Saturday, bringing the county’s total number of cases to 2,023 since March 7.
For Ciresi, who lost his brother several months ago to cancer, this show of support is personal.
"I talk to my sister every night, and she'll tell me about the people they lost that day. I'm worried about her. Her boyfriend has terminal cancer, so he can't stay with her and she comes home every night and she's alone," Ciresi said.
|This sign has been erected outside Pottstown Hospital.|
"It's taking its toll on her mentally and emotionally, I can tell."
"Everyone needs to know these people put their lives on the line every time they walk into that hospital," Ciresi said.
"As well as the police officers and EMS workers. They never know what they're going to find when they answer a call," Ciresi said.
"And even the kids working in the grocery stores are at risk. They don't know who is walking in there," Ciresi said.