HOLMDEL, NJ: You may have heard sirens, a lot of them Tuesday evening in Holmdel, enough to make you think there was a large fire somewhere. Instead, good was happening. Patriotism, gratitude and pride was in action at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center, in Holmdel. It was a salute to the front lines, from the front lines. 

First responders; Fire, Police and EMT's descended upon Bayshore hospital, lining up Firetrucks, Police Cars and Ambulances from Holmdel, Middletown, Hazlet, Keansburg, Matawan, Aberdeen, Keyport and Union Beach.  

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A wide walkway was formed in the center of the parking lot, both sides lined with frontline first responders.  An arch was formed from the tower apparatus of two firetrucks across from one another, a large American Flag hanging proud in-between. Hospital workers were outside the building, some of them coming off their shift, others coming on duty, some taking turns for a quick break outside to catch a glimpse of the tribute.  As they walked to or from the hospital the first responders lining the sidelines clapped and cheered. There were many shouts of "thank you," and often the hospital workers shouted "thank you" back, to the first responders cheering them on. It was a knowing exchange of the sacrifices made in the battle against COVID-19.  The positive emotions, the gratitude and pride were as palpable as the sirens and blinking lights. 


HMH Bayshore Medical Center Chief Hospital Executive commented to TAPinto, "This evening’s event was a very proud moment for Bayshore Medical Center and represents the solidarity of our regional community.  In battling this pandemic, the Bayshore area has come together stronger than ever. We are immensely thankful to all of our front line first responders; police, fire and EMT’s. We can’t thank the community enough for their daily support, and I couldn’t be prouder of our medical team here at Bayshore Medical Center.  Extraordinary efforts, extraordinary people."

Almost everyone was wearing protective masks, but smiling eyes were clearly seen on the faces of the hospital workers being thanked.  Many members of Bayshore Medical Center's executive team were on site to show support and cheer on the crowd.  There were over 100 first responders; police, fire and EMT's on site. “It's usually, the first responders, who are on the front lines,” said Detective Eric Hernando of the Holmdel Police Department, referring to police, fire and EMT's. "With the pandemic, the hospital workers are the tip of the spear." Hernando who helped to orchestrate the first responders attending from Holmdel, and surrounding communities, is also the township’s emergency management coordinator and deputy chief of the volunteer fire and rescue squad.

Just like any great show, there was a finale that was grand! 

WATCH the grand finale parade of thanks!