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RED BANK: CHEERS FOR HOSPITAL STAFFERS

red-bank-thanks-riverview-041020-30-500x375-6875964Emergency workers packed the front parking area for the surprise as hospital personnel responded from upper-floor windows. (Photos by Allan Bass. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red-bank-thanks-riverview-041020-32-220x146-3150552Red Bank-area police and volunteer firefighters delivered a massive surprise cheer to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle at Riverview Medical Center Friday evening.

The borough’s firetrucks, joined by gear from at least nine surrounding towns, twice sounded their horns in unison as staffers left and arrived for a shift change. Several hundred participants, most wearing protective masks, cheered and blew kisses from the parking lot as hospital employees in surgical masks and gowns acknowledged the love from upper floor windows.

Red Bank Fire Chief Scott Calabrese organized the unannounced event, which drew fire, police and first aiders from Fair Haven, Little Silver, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury, Rumson, Middletown, Tinton Falls, Eatontown and Oceanport.

The aim, he said, was “to say ‘thank you for your courage on the front lines of the battle.'”

(See more photos by Allan Bass and John T. Ward, below.)

red-bank-thanks-riverview-041020-8-500x332-1332803“I’m about to cry,” said Luisa Reyes, a housekeeper from Fort Monmouth, with Blanca Flores, right, of South River.

red-bank-thanks-riverview-041020-9-500x332-8972315Brittany Hansen, an operating room surgical technician from Jackson, took the occasion to hop behind the wheel of a firetruck.

red-bank-thanks-riverview-041020-4-500x332-6431071Actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan of Rumson said she had to come out when she learned of the tribute through the grapevine. “We shot a movie here in October, so we know these people from when it was light and airy,” she said. “These guys are heroes.”

red-bank-thanks-riverview-041020-10-500x332-6958931Lisa Yasuk, an administrator from Lincroft, seen here with coworker Jim Scavone of Red Bank, said she was especially heartened to see hospital workers cheering on their own colleagues. “I am overwhelmed,” she said.

red-bank-thanks-riverview-041020-23-500x332-4199312With his three-year-old daughter Abigail, Fair Haven ex-chief Mike Wiehl came out to cheer his wife, Gloria, an oncology nurse at Riverview. “She’s the hero now,” he said.

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