saint barnabas heroes parade

In many towns throughout New Jersey, residents come out to their doorsteps and windows to salute and thank the healthcare workers in their communities every night. Families are showing their appreciation for those on the front line with lawn signs and sidewalk chalk messages of gratitude and appreciation. Yesterday, residents from 20 towns came together to make a huge thank you statement to healthcare workers at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston with a heroes parade.

Spearheaded by the Livingston Police Department, more than 100 vehicles from Essex County municipalities held a Heroes Salute Parade past the hospital to recognize the tireless efforts of medical staff battling COVID-19. Essex County has the third highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, beyond Bergen and Hudson Counties. 

The procession began with bagpipe players followed by the vehicles displaying signs, banners, posters and flags to pay tribute to the Saint Barnabas team. John Russo, president of the Saint Barnabas Medical Staff, shared his appreciation for Livingston and first responders from surrounding towns that participated in the thank you procession. 

Municipalities that participated in the Heroes Parade include police, fire and first aid teams from Livingston, West Orange, East Hanover, South Orange, North Caldwell, Caldwell, Roseland, Millburn, NJIT, Orange, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Belleville, Bloomfield, East Orange, Nutley, the Essex County Sheriff, Maplewood, West Caldwell, the Stevens Institute of Technology Police Department and NJ Transit.

Click here to see some video of the parade.

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