Saratoga Springs first responders and healthcare workers pause to clap and cheer for each other

Mark Mulholland
Updated: April 03, 2020 07:32 PM
Created: April 03, 2020 06:03 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS -  It was called "We Clap Because We Care."  Police and firefighters, first responders, applauded and cheered for healthcare workers at Saratoga Hospital and healthcare workers did the same back to them.

It was organized in a little over a day. Saratoga Springs Police Chief Shane Crooks reached out to firefighters, state parks police, state police and the county sheriff.

"We want to remind everyone that we're all in this together, we're all one team and all fighting the fight against this virus," said Crooks.

Dozens of police cars and firetrucks paraded by the hospital honking horns sirens as doctors, nurses, technicians and aides watched and clapped.

But unlike most parades, the people who watched were the guests of honor.

"Basically one mission here for all us that's to fight this battle of COVID 19, we need to stick together and be one team in doing that," said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo

Healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronoavirus pandemic were able to take a two minute breather to be thanked, and express their own thanks for the men and women in uniform.

The appreciation and gratitude were flowing both ways, said Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Angelo Calbone.

"And to see this kind of support and outpouring from mutual partners who are dealing with their own issues in this fight is really heartwarming," said Calbone.

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