SUMMIT, NJ — Led by the city's volunteer emergency medical services, first responders from Union County and Essex County towns gathered at a local middle school lot and drove in formation to Overlook Medical Center to honor healthcare workers on World Health Day.

While wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines, the first responders including those from Cranford, Westfield, New Providence, Mountainside, Berkeley Heights and Millburn honored the healthcare workers on Tuesday. They are seen in video posted by the local public access TV station HTTV and captured in photos posted to the Summit Police Department's Facebook page.

“This pandemic has crystallized exactly why those of us at Overlook and throughout Atlantic Health System pursued the calling of health care — to help those who need it. We do it, not for thanks, but because we’re driven by a passion to care for people, and to make our communities healthier, better places to live,” said Alan Lieber, president of Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center in a statement.

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“To see this outpouring of thanks from the community is humbling, to say the least. This is something that every team member at Overlook will take to heart as we continue the fight and care for each and every patient. Likewise, we want to share our thanks and appreciation for our first responders, who in many cases are the first line of care within our communities. Our hats off to our first responders! ”

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