LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2020) — A parade of nearly 30 vehicles slowly made their way down South Limestone and back Friday morning pausing briefly at both UK Chandler Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital in a show of support and to honor front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The usually bustling Lexington street now sparse with traffic was filled with UK Police cruisers, trucks and other vehicles with both signs and sirens to show appreciation to front-line workers including those at UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Shriner's Hospital for Children as well as local police, fire and EMS.
The parade was organized by Rick McDonald, Concrete Superintendent at Gooch Construction, who worked with UK Police in coordinating it within a few days.
“If I get sick or if any of us get sick, these are the front-line workers who will care for us,” McDonald said. “As a construction company we have big hearts and we all love giving back to the community.”
McDonald added that he has met so many good people during his career when working on campus projects that he was inspired to do something special after seeing recent school parades, birthday parades, etc.
“UK Police Department is excited and appreciative to participate in this parade to honor those in our community that are front-line workers in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. “We hope that this brings some joy and positivity to all first responders and health care employees working hard every day to keep this community safe and healthy. As first responders we are honored to continue showing our support for all of those working on the front line.”
Gooch Construction also is giving away $2,000 to a front-line worker. For more information and to nominate someone, go to https://www.facebook.com/Gooch.Construction.Inc.
“Throughout this time of crisis, our health care workers as well as custodial and support staff are showing up every day to make sure we can take care of every patient that needs our help,” said Dr. Mark F. Newman, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. “We appreciate this show of kindness and continued support from the community for our team.”
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