Saluting Hospital Staff Across City

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 4:16 p.m. April 14, 2020
Updated: 6:55 p.m. April 14, 2020

In these challenging times, Toronto Police officers are stepping up to lift the spirits of nurses and other frontline staff fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Officers brought treats for hospital staff at Toronto Western Hospital

On April 11, ‘D’ platoon officers at 14 Division delivered coffee and donuts to the frontline staff at Toronto Western Hospital.

“They were very receptive,” said S/Sgt. Israel Bernardo. “We wanted to do our part by doing something uplifting for them.”

Bernardo along with Sgts. Sean Cassidy and Scott Villers organized the event that brought together about 20 officers.

On April 12, officers from 11 and 22 Divisions visited St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto to drop off chocolates for the medical practitioners.

“We had some Lindt chocolates that were donated to us and we made the decision to donate them to the nurses and other frontline staff at the hospital,” said S/Sgt. Brian Maslowski of 11 Division. “We just figured it would be something nice to do at this time and everyone on our side bought in. It was quite an impressive show of support.”

Sgt. Stephen Carleton and Const. Brian Villeneuve provided musical entertainment for the medical workers outside the hospital during the brief visit. Their song lyrics:

We're washing our hands
To stop this COVID attack
Don't worry St. Joseph's
Cause we've got your back

We're keeping our distance
To stop the spread
So you can go home at night
And rest your weary head

Thank you, for all that you do
Thank you, for fighting everyday
Thank you from all of us to you

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S/Sgt. Brian Maslowski introduces Sgt. Stephen Carleton and Const. Brian Villeneuve who performed a song for St. Joseph's Health Centre staff
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Dozens of officers from 11 and 22 Divisions visited the Emergency Room entrance at St. Joseph's Health Centre to deliver treats and say thanks to staff

“These are officers with some musical talent and they composed a song for the workers that they performed,” added Maslowski. “It was well done and received.”

On April 11, officers from 42 and 43 Division officers paid a special tribute to frontline medical workers at the Scarborough Health Network – Birchmount Hospital.

They saluted the essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by driving around the hospital three times in scout cars with sirens and lights on.

“In all my time working on the road, I have never seen the city so quiet,” said Sgt. Rod Chung, who recently transferred to 42 Division. “While driving around, you realize that it’s just frontline and other essential workers mostly on the streets. We had every can in our Division with support from 43 surround the hospital to show the staff inside the hospital how much we appreciate what they are doing. They came out and started cheering. This was also personal for me in that I have a sister who is a nurse and several family members who are Personal Support Workers.”

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Over two dozen police vehicles encircled the Scarborough Health Network Birchmount Hospital site as a show of support for hospital staff
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