BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Beverly Hills joined the City of Los Angeles in honoring National Nurses Day Wednesday as a motorcade of Beverly Hills police cars, fire trucks, and motorcycles paraded down Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards, past several hospitals, en route to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Once there, police and firefighters broke into applause for the nurses putting their lives on the line to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses and hospital staff observed appreciatively on sidewalks and hospital balconies.
“This was an incredible moment as our police officers and firefighters joined with other area first responders to salute our amazing nurses. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our communities, it’s the sacrifice and dedication of these healthcare heroes that makes all the difference,” said Beverly Hills Police Department Assistant Chief Marc Coopwood.
One cohort of city police officers and firefighters left at 10 a.m., while another left at 7:30 p.m. Over the course of the day, four Beverly Hills police officers and 15 firefighters joined first responders from the Los Angeles Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, and City and County Fire Departments in their public show of appreciation for nurses. According to Beverly Hills Police spokesperson Lieutenant Elisabeth Albanese, the event was organized by the West Hollywood Station.
While this is the first time that Beverly Hills has officially observed National Nurses Day, a similar event occurred on April 22, when the city’s first responders joined with Los Angeles first responders in driving to Cedars-Sinai to applaud its workers.
Wednesday night, Beverly Hills lit up its City Hall blue to honor nurses.