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Otsego County Fire Departments, EMS Crews, and Law Enforcement salute healthcare workers on the frontlines at Bassett Medical Center

First responders from throughout Otsego County held a parade to salute those working the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday in Cooperstown.

Posted: Apr 22, 2020 10:13 PM

COOPERSTOWN N.Y.- Fire Departments, Ambulance Crews, and Law Enforcement Agencies from throughout Otsego County came together Wednesday evening to salute the health care workers working the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic at Bassett Medical Center.

The groups of first responders got together at the Blue Trolley Parking Lot off of Linden Ave, and then made their way to Bassett, giving the doctors and nurses working there a salute.

The first responders from Cooperstown and Otsego County turned on their lights and sirens outside the Hospital. Many of the healthcare workers came out onto the Hospital's front lawns to wave and take the thanks given to them from the Emergency Crews.

Victor Jones, a member of the Cooperstown Fire Department, and the Assistant Coordinator for Emergency Services in Otsego County, says this was a great way to express how hard the doctors and nurses at Bassett have worked throughout the pandemic.

"We (fire departments) talked about it among some local area fire chiefs, and decided that maybe this would be a good tribute to them (the healthcare workers)." said Jones. "To express all our appreciation and gratitude for all the efforts that they've (the Bassett workers) put forth." Jones added.

John Harris, a Mailroom Employee who works at the Hospital feels the way the community turned out for the parade and salute is very supportive.

"We live in a great, great community." said Harris. "We have great support all the way around for everybody. Our first responders support our Hospital, our Hospital supports our first responders, and we all work in conjunction with each other in a very, very good fashion." Harris added.

To close off the parade and salute, the Fly Creek Fire Department left a sign thanking Hospital Workers on the fence in front of the Hospital's entrance.

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