LIVINGSTON, NJ — After receiving a notification from the Township of Livingston that E. Cedar Street would be closed for a portion of the afternoon on April 14, Livingston High School (LHS) junior Alexandra Robbins, who lives nearby, walked to Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) with her mother and felt a surge of inspiration like never before as hundreds of first responders swarmed the parking lot in their vehicles in a showing of gratitude toward the medical workers.
In a “Heroes Salute Parade” outside the emergency department at SBMC that day, the Livingston Police Department led a procession of police, fire and first aid vehicles from more than 20 municipalities. Quickly realizing that this was something the community needed to see, Robbins pulled out her cell phone and began filming.
As an AM Wired student at LHS, Robbins had the skills to put together a heartwarming video montage of the experience that was featured during the morning announcements earlier this week. (Her segment can be seen at minute 3:18 in the video below.)
“It just got more and more inspirational as it went on, so I knew this was something that I should put out there for people to see because it’s important that we are thanking these people,” said Robbins. “Just to see everybody from all different towns come together while still separate to say thank you to the people who are risking their lives and working all hours of the day to save others, every part of it was just seamless.”
Standing on the helipad with her cell phone, Robbins said there were at least 100 medical care workers outside watching and smiling as the first responders drove by blaring their horns and holding signs depicting various messages of thanks.
“For what could be such a dark time for a lot of people now, just seeing them be able to take time our of their day and see people saying thank you and smiling and coming together, it was something different that I’ve never seen before,” said Robbins.
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