Healthcare workers at Cedars Sinai were showered with flashing lights, honking, loud sirens and applause by the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, LA County Fire, LA City Fire, LAPD, and Beverly Hills Police and Fire for their brave work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Firetrucks, police vehicles and motorcycles met up alongside West Hollywood park across the street from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station a little after 7pm for what was called an “Applauding Cedars” event. The display of appreciation was inspired by similar events that the Fire Department New York has been doing in support of healthcare workers at New York Langone Hospital.
Police and emergency vehicles drove down San Vicente Boulevard with lights and sirens blaring around 7:20pm. They gathered in front of Cedars Sinai Hospital, at Gracie Allen Drive in front of the Emergency entrance to give a booming show of gratitude for healthcare workers that gathered outside of the hospital entrance.
The plan was to have police and emergency personnel stop and stand by their vehicles to applaud the healthcare workers while wearing masks and practicing social distancing. However, the moment was so emotional and joyful that social distancing was nearly impossible with a lot of the healthcare workers taking selfies and group photos with the first responders.
No speeches were made. Few words were exchanged. Police and Fire departments showed their appreciation and the healthcare workers cheered their appreciation in return. The entire love fest lasted about 35 minutes and the emergency vehicles vacated the Cedars Sinai property in the same fashion that they arrived, with lights and sirens blaring.
Earlier this month, The City of West Hollywood, lit up their lanterns blue above Santa Monica Boulevard in the heart of West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District to pay tribute to first healthcare workers, first responders and essential personal at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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