While residents gathered at their homes, first responders gathered in the RJW Hamilton Parking lot maintaining distance to honor the thousands of nurses, doctors and hospital workers showing up every day in the fight against COVID-19.
Firefighters, Police Officers, Sheriff’s Officer’s and local elected officials from Hamilton and surrounnding communities waited with signs, sirens and flashing lights as nursing shifts changed at RWJ Hamilton to show appreciation.
Chants of “Hero’s Work Here” echoed throughout the parking lot as a massive American Flag hung from Hamilton Township Fire Department’s Ladder Truck 17!
Hero’s Work Here Gallery by Michael A. Sabo
East Windsor Mayor Janice Mirnov, Robbinsville Mayor David Fried, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onifri, Sheriff Jack Kemler, Hamilton Councilman Pat Papero, Hamilton Councilman Charles “Chuddy Walen” and Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin were in attendance all watching from a distance.
Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton CEO, Richard Freeman briefly addressed those in attendance, “It is really important to understand that the work you do will always, always be appreciated and well beyond this crisis. You are making a statement that this hospital is here for our families, our friends and our community. So bless you all and you are all heroes.”
Shortly after Freeman finished his remarks, the emergency vehicles that had gathered simultaniously turned on their lights and sirens in a show of support
As the sirens rang out at RWJ Hamilton, local Hamilton residents took to their porches, decorated their driveways, and hung signs that they too were “Echoing Our Appreciation” throughout our area.
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Social Media accounts flooded with videos of people banging pots and pans, chanting and even reports of fireworks
Front Porch Project Gallery. Photos From Hamilton Township.