You couldn’t miss the loud sirens or the flashing lights as dozens of first responders’ vehicles drove by Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. The parade was a show of support for the healthcare heroes who have been working for weeks to save lives in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event came together because Todd Angilly, the Boston Bruins’ official national anthem singer joked that he wanted to park outside of the hospital and sing for the staff. His good friend, Josh Bowdridge, whose wife Sara is a nurse at Lahey, thought it was a great idea.
Josh reached out to Lahey to get the ball rolling. Meanwhile, Burlington Police and Fire had been planning a show of support themselves. They asked several surrounding towns and agencies to join the parade. Even former Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich came to say thank you. “I just have all the respect in the world for them,” he said.
The main attraction was Todd’s performance of the national anthem, a tribute to the doctors, nurses, and other medical workers. ”It just means so much that I can come here and be part of such a great event,” he said. “We want to let them know we appreciate what they’re doing.“