First responders honor health care workers outside Lewis-Gale hospital


SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke and Salem first responders wanted to honor hospital workers for all that they are doing during this pandemic.

Thursday during LewisGale’s shift change from 6:30 to 7:30 first responders formed a line and greeted the workers as they came for their shift or as they left after.

Firefighters, police and deputies were represented from Roanoke city, Roanoke county and Salem.

“To me it’s awesome because a lot of the time these people are behind the scenes. You see the fire and rescue out all the time on the front lines and a lot of people don’t realize the job that the hospital and ER staff are doing every day,” said Salem Fire & EMS Chief Jon Prillaman.

The first responders formed a line outside both Lewis Gale, which you see here and Carilion. They are also planning another day to go outside of the VA Center.

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