STAMFORD — The city’s first responders saluted health care workers and staff at Stamford Hospital Tuesday evening.

At sundown, a 47-vehicle procession of police, fire and emergency medical service personnel quietly made its way up Hubbard Avenue before moving onto the hospital campus, at which point vehicle lights and sirens were turned on.

“The appreciation goes out to all Stamford Health staff who are directing and fighting this somber and deadly virus on the front lines,” downtown Police Capt. Diedrich Hohn said. “Also, all the paramedics and staff from Stamford Emergency Management Services should be recognized for their tireless efforts as they are the first to encounter the grim reality of this pandemic.”

Hohn said the lights and sirens were a show of support and solidarity with the hospital, and a way to say thank you for all they are doing to battle the pandemic.

Kathleen Silard, president and CEO of Stamford Health, on Wednesday said the d

siplay was greatly appreciated by staff at the hospital.

“We are so grateful for the gesture from the Stamford Police Department, Stamford Fire Department, Stamford Emergency Medical Services and all other first responders last night,” she said. “Our staff is working tirelessly to care for our patients, and last night’s display on our campus was incredibly uplifting. Of course these are challenging times, but I am inspired by the way groups throughout Stamford and the community have come together to support one another.”

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com