Lee County officials host Lights and Sirens Salute to thank healthcare workers in SWFL

Posted at 1:03 AM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 01:03:45-04

FORT MYERS, Fla.  — Lee County Sheriff’s Office employee set the tone of gratitude with an acapella version of God Bless America.

It all happened just outside the E-R. Health care workers on the ground watched the tribute to them, some watched from the windows above. The Lights and Sirens Salute also included a moment of silence, and words from the Lee County Sheriff about our health care workers.

“They choose to do that every single day, 24/7 to keep us safe. Well folks we’re here for that one very special reason, to tell you that they are the real heroes”, said Sheriff Carmine Marceno.

The head of the Lee Health system, Dr. Larry Antinucci says he’s proud of the innovation, and hard work we’ve seen over the past weeks. However, he also made a point to recognize the compassion health care workers are showing day after day.

“The ones who show up every single day, who kneel bedsides our family and friends and treat them like they are family”, said Antinucci.

Director of NCH Paul Hiltz told healthcare workers, he’s awe of them.

“We have some of the bravest toughest strongest people we’d ever meet, and they are everyday heroes”, said Hiltz.

Chairman of the Lee County Commissioners also expressed gratitude and optimism, promising there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. A tunnel that our community keeping distance from one another, even in expressions of thanks like tonight’s.

“We know there is a day that we are going to come together, and it’s going to be because of the great work that you all are doing. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you do, we have hope”, said Chairman Brian Hamman.