Parade honors healthcare workers amid pandemic | KAALTV.com

Parade honors healthcare workers amid pandemic

Miguel Octavio
Created: March 31, 2020 10:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- A show of support took place for healthcare workers Tuesday night. 
 
Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service led a parade of emergency vehicles to honor those on the frontlines amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
"As a healthcare worker right now, the level of burnout is so high. It's scary, it's overwhelming, we don't know what's coming next," said Kate Arms, assistant supervisor of operations for Mayo Clinic Ambulance. "We're scared for what we're bringing home to our own families."
 
The parade began outside the St. Mary's Hospital campus and ended at Olmsted Medical Center. 
 
April Benson and her daughter MacKenize stood outside to show their support.
 
"We pray for them every night," Benson said.
 
"They deserve all of the support out they can get and they need a lot of support especially in this tough, difficult time," said Matthew Seitz, another parade observer. 
 
Melony Orr, who watched the parade said she's thankful for healthcare workers, first responders and police officers as well. 
 
Sergeant Jens Dammen with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said he's impressed by the number of people staying home.
 
"As I'm driving around at night, there are very few cars around and we're appreciative towards that," Dammen said. "We know people are doing the right thing."
 
"This is what we trained for and this is what we prepared for," Arms said. "If we continue to follow through on the things that we've trained and planned for all along, we're going to be able to get through this."
 


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