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Glendale healthcare workers get heroes’ welcome from first responders

Erica Fitzgibons, a nurse practitioner at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital, smiles as she arrives to work on Thursday as members of the Glendale fire and police departments cheer on health-care workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Erica Fitzgibons, a nurse practitioner at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital, smiles as she arrives at work on Thursday as members of the Glendale fire and police departments cheer on healthcare workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
(Tim Berger/Glendale News-Press)

Glendale’s first responders came out in force this week as firefighters and police officers honored healthcare workers at each of the city’s hospitals for their efforts in fighting the novel coronavirus.

The various vehicles driven by the responders, from fire engines to police cruisers, had their sirens blaring and lights flashing in front of the hospitals as firefighters and officers cheered the healthcare workers as they came to and from the facilities.

The tribute is part of a growing effort across the country involving police and fire departments honoring those hospital workers who are in the thick of the pandemic.

Healthcare workers at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital show their thanks for police officers and firefighters who came out to honor them on Wednesday, April 15, as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Healthcare workers at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital show their thanks for police officers and firefighters who came out to honor them on Wednesday, April 15, as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
(Raul Roa/Glendale News-Press)

Similar gestures of gratitude have been done at hospitals in Burbank, Irvine and Orange.

Jill Welton, president of Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital, said in a statement that staff members were touched by the display and have always been appreciated of the collaborative partnership that exists between the hospitals and the first responders.

“The show of support demonstrated by a salute to our healthcare heroes from the community’s first responders has been heartwarming and inspiring,” she said.

Alice Issai, Adventist Health Glendale’s president, offered similar sentiments and called the gesture a meaningful show of unity with the police and fire departments.

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