CORAL SPRINGS, FL - First responders across northwest Broward County on Thursday morning honored healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus by cheering, clapping and lighting up the entrance into Northwest Medical Center in Margate.

Close to 15 firefighters/paramedics from Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department joined dozens of other firefighters, police officers and government workers in giving heroes’ welcome to doctors, nurses, and other staff as they were coming to work at the hospital.

“Thank you, thank you,” many screamed in the crowd.

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“Every hospital worker is doing an amazing job,” said Mike Moser, deputy chief at Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department. “They are our brothers and sisters now.”

The event was organized by Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue and included employees of North Lauderdale Fire Department, Margate Police Department and City of Margate. The hospital’s administrators were also in the crowd.

“We wanted to be a part of this event,” Moser said, adding that firefighters/paramedics are working closely with hospital staffs in transporting and caring for coronavirus patients. “For us, it was a no-brainer to go. We didn’t even hesitate.”

Moser said his department is now organizing a similar event at Broward Health Coral Springs.

At many hospitals, healthcare workers are risking their own health in treating patients with COVID-19. Up to 20 percent of all coronavirus patients are healthcare workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.