MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle is pleased to share that the Melrose Police Department gave thanks to medical professionals at MelroseWakefield Healthcare on Thursday and participated in a parade of first responders.

“Our local healthcare professionals are doing a tremendous job of treating those in our community who have been affected by COVID-19, and we wanted to show our support and recognize the incredible service they’re providing,” Chief Lyle said. “We’re fortunate to have the hardworking healthcare workers that we do, and are thankful for their care, especially amidst this pandemic.”

First responders drove emergency vehicles past the hospital to display their support for all healthcare workers during the parade, which took place at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Thursday.

“We would like to thank the organizers and participants of this wonderful rally,” said Sue Sandberg, MelroseWakefield Healthcare CEO. “Everyone at MelroseWakefield Healthcare is touched by this tremendous show of support by our local first responders. It’s this type of morale booster that helps us get energized, and gets us back to doing what we do best, which is saving lives.”

Several other area first responder agencies joined in the parade, including Massachusetts State and Environmental Police, Peabody Police, Melrose Police, Stoneham Police, Everett Police, Revere Police, Chelsea Police, Lynn Police, Malden Police, Beverly Police, Manchester-by-the-Sea Police, Reading Police, Danvers Police, Newburyport Police, Wakefield Police, Saugus Police and Armstrong Ambulance.

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Kelsey Bode worked at JGPR from Jan. 2019 to July 2021.

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