- To thank health care workers and encourage social distancing, Montreal police and Laval firefighters are blasting sirens and music.
- Videos posted online of the initiatives are pretty moving.
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.
We reached out to the Laval fire department for more information on this initiative and will update this article when we get a response.
But the gesture was appreciated by those lucky enough to catch the truck in its moveable DJ glory with residents sharing the experience across social media.
#COVID19 Impressionnante démonstration de soutien pour le personnel du CHU Sainte-Justine! Merci @SPVM et @MTL_SIM.… https://t.co/R78qYJ93Ek— CHU Sainte-Justine (@CHU Sainte-Justine) 1585790456.0
Both the SPVM and firefighters have been busy in the last weeks showing their solidarity with the community.
Just last week, officers were spotted drawing their own #ÇaVaBienAller rainbow on a neighbourhood wall.
And Wednesday 38 police officers showed up at a residence in the Mile End, much to the delight of the neighbourhood, to deliver a message of encouragement to the seniors who are in isolation.
Les policiers ont activé leurs sirènes devant le #CHUM pour remercier le personnel soignant 🙏 #Merci #Cavabienaller… https://t.co/yL0pWY756X— CHUM (@CHUM) 1585528132.0
There is something about seeing first responders take time to not only give thanks to others, but inject a little life and humour into the days that warms the heart.
Have you spotted any recent acts of kindness in your neighbourhood? We are all ears.