You have to hand it to Quebec's first responders for putting their lives at risk while serving on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of the population is confined to working in their homes, health care employees are still going in to their jobs and working around the clock for those that need it. But even in the midst of an unprecedented situation, the men and women of the Montreal police and Laval fire department still manage to take the time and show their support of others in imaginative ways.
Over the last few days, the SPVM has been paying tribute to this essential staff by parading patrol cars, with sirens blaring and lights flashing, in front of hospitals around Montreal.
The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and Cité-de-la-Santé received police applause just a few days ago, and on Wednesday, the Jewish General Hospital and CHU Sainte-Justine received their very own SPVM thank you.
Laval residents were also treated to their own surprise show yesterday afternoon from the local fire department when firefighters took to their trucks, driving through the streets with sirens on and feel good music blasting from the loudspeaker, which some residents interpreted as an encouragement for people to stay at home.
So, what music does the Laval fire department chose during a state of emergency? None other than a little Bob Marley with "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy," and Pharrell Williams' "Happy," of course.
And just to shake up the playlist, there was some Justin Timberlake thrown in for good measure.