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The parade of vehicles rolls past Berry Hill Health and Rehab. A sign to lift spirits of staff and residents. / May 14, 2020

Police sirens and honking horns were ways of showing thanks to the staff at Berry Hill Health and Rehab and The Woodview for National Nursing Home Week — just as the COVID-19 pandemic strikes hard at nursing home populations around the world.

“I wanted a way to show the staff they are appreciated,” said Wendy Tucker, activity director at Berry Hill.

Tucker organized lining up the staff and patients outside for the surprise parade. “Just wait, something is coming,” she told employees at Berry Hill.

Some car windows were painted with the message, “Nursing home staff are tops.”

“I had to get help from the outside to organize the parade,” said Tucker, who called her former teacher, Ross Davis from the old Volens Elementary. “I knew she would spread the word.”

“I’m always happy to help my fellow students, even when they are now grown adults,” said Davis, who is retired.

“I contacted the police to escort us, a few friends to join the parade and word spread quickly,” Davis added.

The parade regrouped at Wells Fargo bank to line back up for the drive-by salute to the staff at Woodview. Employees heard the horns honking and spotted the police cruisers and ran outside.

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