Emergency services workers sounded their sirens outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Monday night to express their appreciation to health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Emergency services workers sounded their sirens outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Monday night to express their appreciation to health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

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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