Hundreds of first responders clap for North Shore Hospital employees

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First responders throughout the North Shore cheered on health care workers at North Shore University Hospital on Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Lee Weissman / Northwell Health)

Hundreds of Nassau County first responders lined up Tuesday night to salute heroes from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic at North Shore University Hospital.

After working a 12-hour day helping the more than 600 COVID-19 positive patients currently being treated at the facility, medical staff were greeted by firefighters and police officers, who offered love and respect with a clap-out for the Northwell Health employees.

Fire trucks hoisted the American flag to form an arch under which the medical staff walked as they left and/or entered the hospital.

Among those in attendance were representatives from Albertson Fire Co., Great Neck Vigilant Fire Co., Great Neck Alert Fire Co., Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department, Nassau County Police Department, Port Washington Fire Department, Roslyn Rescue, and Williston Park Fire Department.

“We know all the hospital staff has been putting up a good fight unprecedented in the number of calls and people coming through,” Great Neck Alert Fire Chief James Neubert said. “To be there to support them was only a small thing for us to do to support them and our efforts.”

“It’s really important for the community to recognize all the healthcare professionals who have gone above and beyond,” Port Washington Fire Department Capt. Joseph LoRe said. “It was important for our entire department to recognize everyone. It is important all those folks feel supported.”

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