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Daily salute to health-care workers is 'like our virtual hug,' says Burnaby RCMP

A raucous daily thank you to health-care providers by Burnaby Mounties, firefighters and paramedics is rallying gratitude for those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Front-line health-care workers at Burnaby Hospital respond to a salute from police, firefighters and paramedics Wednesday in a screen grab from a video posted on social media.

A raucous daily thank you to health-care providers by Burnaby Mounties, firefighters and paramedics is rallying gratitude for those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burnaby RCMP has started dispatching a long line of squad cars every evening at 7 p.m. to drive around the city and sound their sirens in support of doctors, nurses and other medical staff fighting the pandemic.

Fire trucks and ambulances have also joined the salute.

“It’s like our virtual hug to help get them through,” Cpl. Mike Kalanj told the NOW. “Our frontline health-care workers support us first responders 24/7. We see their work ethic on a daily and nightly basis. Right now, it’s like seeing your sister or brother overwhelmed, and you just want to tell them, ‘We believe in you, and we are here to support you.’”

Twist on the 7 o'clock thank you/applause/cheer to healthcare workers at Burnaby Hospital from r/vancouver

On Thursday night, a number of officers came in early for their shifts so they could be part of the tribute, according to Kalanj.

Burnaby RCMP is encouraging the whole community to join the officers by cheering from doorways and patios every evening at 7 p.m.

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