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Parade shows support for hospital staff


The fire engines and first-responders of Warren County line up behind Three Star Mall in preparation for their parade to Saint Thomas River Park Hospital.


An event to behold took place around the Saint Thomas River Park Hospital on Friday night in Warren County. Lights were flashing and sirens blaring to show appreciation to hospital staff and employees. Two laps around the hospital were made by emergency vehicles with waves and smiles shared between the responders and hospital staff. The parade of support was the idea of North Warren fire chief Raymond Roberts and assistant chief of Morrison, Jason Blalock. “We wanted to do something for our hospital and medical professionals,” said Roberts. “We decided to put together a parade. I reached out to County Executive Jimmy Haley and the River Park CEO Dale Humphrey. They both were on board. At that point we set a date, time and started contacting agencies.” Fire departments from McMinnville, Campaign-Rock Island, Centertown, Collins River, Harrison Ferry, Morrison, North Warren and Viola lined up behind Three Star Mall. They were joined by representatives from McMinnville Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Warren County Rescue Squad and the Emergency Management Agency. “Everyone was excited and willing to help,” said Roberts. “It’s just a little way to say thank you to our hospital and staff. I want all medical professionals to know we all appreciate everything they do inside and outside of the hospital. We also want to show our support to the Warren County Health Department and National Guard.” CEO Dale Humphrey shared, “For the staff at River Park Hospital to be honored by our fellow heroes tonight was one of the most meaningful gestures many of us have ever experienced. We are so grateful to serve this community alongside all of you. God bless you all and keep you safe!”

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