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Dozens of Kamloopsians — practising social distancing — lined Columbia Street between Third and Fourth avenues to witness the first of what is planned to be nightly emergency vehicle parades to honour frontline health-care workers at Royal Inland Hospital.
Up to 50 vehicles — including RCMP cruisers, ambulances and Kamloops Fire Rescue trucks — assembled being the Kamloops Law Courts and formed a line. From there, lights flashing and sirens heralding the event, the procession entered Columbia Street, travelled a block west and circled Royal Inland Hospital, where some health-are staff members were seen viewing the mechanical salute to their work.
The nightly parade was organized by Kamloops BC Ambulance Service advanced-care paramedic Terry Jessup, who told KTW he got the idea after seeing a similar event taking place each night in the Lower Mainland.
Jessup said he started contacting other first responders — RCMP and Kamloops Fire Rescue — to find out who might take part, not sure what to expect.
Wednesday night’s response was strong and Jessup is hoping the parade becomes a nightly occurrence.