This heartwarming trend is taking over the world and in some parts of Canada, and now the national police force is getting involved too. The healthcare worker salute by B.C. RCMP popped up in different parts of the province during the week. In some spots, workers also came out to applaud the salute.
In different parts of the province, RCMP detachments have been showing their support for healthcare workers in their communities.
In Burnaby, the police force came out every evening at 7:00 p.m. to put on their sirens and flash their lights.
"It's like our virtual hug to help get them through," Cpl. Mike Kalanj told Burnaby Now. "Our frontline health-care workers support us first responders 24/7. We see their work ethic on a daily and nightly basis. Right now, it’s like seeing your sister or brother overwhelmed, and you just want to tell them, 'We believe in you, and we are here to support you.'"
Healthcare workers came out of one hospital in Burnaby, clapping and cheering.
Kalanj said that on March 26, some RCMP officers even came in early for their shifts that night so that they could participate in the salute.
Other emergency services also took part in this initiative, like firefighters, EMTs, and local police officers.
Along with @BurnabyFireDept & @BC_EHS this evening we took #FrontLineForTheFrontline through #Burnaby to Burnaby Ge… https://t.co/gldxar0Auy— Burnaby RCMP (@Burnaby RCMP)1585275445.0
Another opportunity tonight for us to show our appreciation & gratitude to our healthcare heroes at BGH! Keep on ch… https://t.co/L3TGYgfLla— Burnaby RCMP (@Burnaby RCMP)1585369695.0
My brother @williamvhoepen shared this video from his condo in Burnaby, B.C. and it shows a procession of RCMP vehi… https://t.co/E0okqziZB3— Corné Van Hoepen (@Corné Van Hoepen)1585276726.0
Other RCMP detachments in the province also got in on the fun.
Officers stopped by Ridge Meadows Hospital during the week to clap for the healthcare workers there with sirens blaring and lights flickering on their vehicles.
In North Vancouver, the RCMP joined the local fire and ambulance services in a drive-by outside of Lions Gate Hospital to show their support for frontline workers.
A similar drive-by procession happened outside of Chilliwack General Hospital too.
What an honour to be able to show our support, along with RCMP and BCAS, for our frontline workers at Lions Gate Ho… https://t.co/g0ShTKes0T— North Vancouver City Fire Dept (@North Vancouver City Fire Dept)1585302867.0
It's not only the RCMP and other first responders that are showing their support for healthcare workers.
In Vancouver, people have been cheering and clapping from their balconies for doctors, nurses and others trying to keep Canadians safe during this time.
The same thing has happened in Toronto too.