VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
VA Police salute health care heroes in procession
As a show of support for frontline health care heroes in the community fighting COVID-19, police officers from the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center joined area police and fire departments and other law enforcement officials in a procession around the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
The motorcade was organized by University of Colorado Police Department as a way to salute hospital staff, displaying lights and sirens that could be seen and heard from the windows of all three hospitals. One helicopter crew from Children’s Hospital Colorado flew multiple laps around the campus, showcasing their appreciation for our health care workers.
As the motorcade approached RMR Medical Center, VA police announced from their vehicles, “From the blue line and the red line to the frontline, the men and women of the VA police, CU police, Aurora police and Aurora Fire Department salute all of you. Thank you to all of our medical staff during this COVID pandemic who are treating our Veterans.”
VA ECHCS Police Chief Daniel Clark, officers Loren Will, William Kain and Kriss Espedal participated in the procession.
When asked about the April 23 event, Clark said his team was honored to participate in an outward display of gratitude and support for medical staff who are “truly fighting on the front lines with a rapidly changing environment.”
“It is far too often we see processions to honor fallen first responders,” Clark added. “For the first time in our generation, we are faced with a pandemic event that has brought clarity to our lines and we wanted to use this small gesture to say thank you to everyone working in the emergency departments and wards. Each and every one of them are heroes.”
VA ECHCS would like to thank our Anschutz partners for organizing this event honoring all the health care workers.