Patrol cars from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, along with vehicles from the Department of Public Works, Emergency Management Division and District Attorney’s Office, circled Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation on Thurs., Apr. 16 with flashing lights and blaring sirens as a tribute to the staff’s hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is gratifying to see so many people come together to recognize the inspirational work that Valley View Administrator Laurence LaDue and his dedicated staff have performed during this challenging time,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, who drove his vehicle in the parade.
The parade was part of a growing movement by the community to recognize the efforts of healthcare personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was organized by Neuhaus, Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, DPW Commissioner Erik Denega and Commissioner of Emergency Services Brendan Casey. During the tribute participants clapped, honked horns, sounded sirens and thanked the employees for their dedication and hard work.
For weeks, the staff at Valley View has worked long hours to treat those stricken with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Dozens of gracious Valley View workers converged on the facility’s front sidewalk to acknowledge the well-wishers.
“I’m proud of how our staff has responded to the crisis and the work that they have performed with our residents. Their perseverance, spirit and commitment to our residents will get us through this crisis,” LaDue said.