First responders parade through Hope Village
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.
"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."
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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