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Nanaimo first responders salute health-care workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Emergency services workers sounded their sirens Monday night outside NRGH

First responders in Nanaimo gathered outside the NRGH emergency room Monday night to sound their sirens in appreciation for health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RCMP, firefighters and paramedics were among those who staged their vehicles outside the hospital for the 7 p.m. show of support.

Alex Mattes, unit chief for B.C. Ambulance Service Station 120, said in an e-mail that he and his wife, Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Sarah Mattes, organized the minute of thanks to show first responders’ appreciation.

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