In a special tribute to healthcare workers still in the trenches battling the coronavirus, the Fort Myers Police Department in Florida parked police cruisers in the shape of a heart at the Lee Memorial hospital last Thursday.
Thank You Lee Health 💙Posted by Fort Myers Police Department on Friday, April 17, 2020
Officers stood in the middle of the heart created by 14 patrol vehicles with red and blue lights flashing, holding up letters to spell out: FMPD THANKS YOU. Doctors and nurses could see the scene from the windows above.
Fort Myers Police Department posted three aerial shots from the tribute to Facebook and wrote:
“We appreciate each of the hard-working medical professionals and wanted to simply say ‘Thank You.’”
“It was a pretty amazing and personal turnout and we couldn’t be more proud to work side by side with you Lee Health.”
Here are a few moments from Thursday evening where the Fort Myers Police Department arrived at Lee Memorial Hospital to...Posted by Fort Myers Police Department on Friday, April 17, 2020
Officer Kristin Capuzzi dreamt up the idea in conversation with her fleet lieutenant and recruited officers who were willing to volunteer. They planned to create the heart during the hospital’s shift change in order to surprise as many staff members as possible.
“It’s kind of like our hometown hospital… We wanted a nice way to say thank you to our health care professionals,” Capuzzi explained.
“You could just tell we were grabbing their attention,” Capuzzi said. “Some of the nurses were getting in their cars teary-eyed and would come over to take pictures. It was really neat.”
Florida has reported at least 27,869 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 867 deaths. As of Saturday, Lee Health had 79 COVID-19 patients in treatment spread across its network of hospitals. 165 employees of the healthcare system have been quarantined at some point, and 30 staff members who had been exposed to the virus at work have tested positive for COVID-19.
Posted by Fort Myers Police Department on Friday, April 17, 2020
Doctors, nurses, and other hospital employees are truly putting their lives on the line when they show up for work each day. They deserve all the thanks we can give.
It’s no surprise that the Fort Myers Police Department’s Facebook post about their epic gesture has received an overwhelming amount of positive responses.