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Waterloo region police, paramedics, fire services show thanks to health-care workers

On Friday evening, police, paramedics and fire services in Waterloo region showed their appreciation for health-care workers in a drive-by salute

Emergency vehicles drove by St. Mary's, Grand River, Freeport and Cambridge Memorial hospitals

Police, paramedics and fire service in Waterloo region recognized health-care workers by flashing the lights on their emergency vehicles and hitting their sirens outside several hospitals in the region. (Patrick Gaskin)

On Friday evening, police, paramedics and fire services in Waterloo region showed their appreciation for health-care workers in a drive-by salute.

At least 18 emergency vehicles, including eight fire trucks, flashed their lights and hit their sirens as they passed by local hospitals.

They started the evening outside St. Mary's General Hospital, continuing on to Grand River Hospital, Freeport Hospital, and ended at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

"These people are really working the front lines and they're keeping our community safe and healthy," said Cherri Greeno, a spokesperson for Waterloo Regional Police Service. "They're putting their own lives and the lives of their family at risk, and that's important to acknowledge."

"This was just a small thing that we could do to show how thankful we are for them," said Greeno.

Greeno says people came out along the route to join emergency services in cheering on health-care workers.

She says police would like to extend their thanks to everybody working right now, from waste collectors to grocery store clerks.

"This is a time for us all to come together to show kindness," Greeno said.

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