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The July 23 event ended up being a 'reverse parade' with police and EMTs driving through the campus

What started as a desire by a resident of Hope Village to honor first responders turned into first responders responding in kind.

The result was a little parade through Hope Village on July 23 by the first responders, much to the delight of Hope Village residents who got out on their lawns and sidewalks to enjoy the procession.

COURTESY PHOTO HOPE VILLAGE - Some of the folks who made their way out to the street to enjoy the parade on July 23.

"There were 14 first responder vehicles, three from fire and rescue and 11 from the police department," said Tina Schimpf, Hope Village marketing manager. "One of our residents wanted to honor the first responders and had hoped we could gather enough cars to go past the police and fire departments. We decided it would be best to hold a reverse parade and invite them onto our campus for the parade.

"It was wonderful that we could hold an event during the pandemic and still keep everyone safe," she added. "We even had a man from the Meadows apartments play his trombone."

COURTESY PHOTO HOPE VILLAGE - Folks await the parade in their yard.

Hope Village provided some signs and other residents made their own to say thanks to first responders. For a portion of Hope Village, the services of first responders hits close to home.

"Many of our residents have used the services of the EMTs and are very grateful for their kind and efficient response and care," Schimpf said. "It gave our residents a chance to thank them for all they do in taking care of us."

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