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Firefighters and police across Canada are sounding their sirens in support of healthcare workers

If there's one good thing to come out of the brutal situation that is the COVID-19 pandemic, it'll be the growing appreciation for healthcare workers and all that they do to keep the rest of us healthy and safe. 

Residents across the country have been clapping at the same time daily to show their appreciation for doctors, nurses and other hospital employees at the time of their shift changes, and now that tradition is being taken to the next level. 

Firefighters and police officers have joined in on the initiative by sounding their sirens as residents clap each day, and it's simply heartwarming to see them show their support and appreciation. 

Yesterday evening, Toronto Firefighters tweeted a video of a lights and sirens tribute to healthcare workers outside of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. 

"We salute everyone on the frontline serving our communities," they wrote.

And in Montreal, the police force has been repeatedly saluting all those working in healthcare system. 

Meanwhile, Vancouver was one of the first cities in Canada to adopt the daily clapping tradition, and police and firefighters have been playing their sirens outside hospitals for days now. 

Smaller towns in Canada have also been taking part in the act of gratitude, with the fire department in Dauphin, Manitoba sounding all their sirens and flashing their lights at 7:30 p.m. on the nose.

And in Langley City, B.C., local firefighters have also been expressing their appreciation with sound and lights on the daily. 

If anyone can relate to what it's like to work in a job that requires you to put your life on the line to keep people safe, it's a police officer or a firefighter.

And that's precisely why it's so important and exceptional to see them showing gratitude for our healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Lead photo by

Toronto Firefighters


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