The event took place on the sidewalk in front of the temporary Fishermen’s Community Hospital. Exterior walls of the new hospital are already in place.

On Monday, a parade of emergency vehicles from Monroe County and Marathon blasted their sirens as they passed a small crowd of properly masked and social distancing supporters in front of Fishermen’s Community Hospital, including nurses. The mutual appreciation event attracted the attention of passersby who also honked in recognition of everyone’s collective work to combat the spread of COVID19 and care for its sufferers.

Look who got haircuts! That’s Marathon Fire Chief John Johnson, left, and Mike Leonard, right.
Fishermen’s Community Hospital’s Melissa Richards holds a pineapple cutout — the logo of Baptist Health South Florida — and a heartbeat sign to encourage the Middle Keys’ other frontline personnel including EMTs and law enforcement officers.
Jane Packard receives plenty of attention for her “honk” sign — passing traffic also signaled support for frontline workers.

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