Exactly two years ago as the Coronavirus Pandemic smothered American life, something wonderful happened on Roosevelt Island. Residents and service workers from around the city, came together, honoring the staff at Coler Hospital working tirelessly at dulling the edge of this terrible sickness. Here is The Daily’s coverage from that time.
A salute to Coler Hospital’s staff roared up Roosevelt Island at noon today. Weeks of risk and hellish work rewarded with cheers and love.
By David Stone
After two of the longest months in New York history, healthcare workers who fought to save lives at Coler Hospital got a moment in the sun. The day was overcast. Sprinkles dotted the pavement.
But one of the most touching happenings Roosevelt Island has ever seen warmed hearts and minds.
An organized rally in honor of Coler and RIMC staff, all laboring for weeks, battling the coronavirus, brought anyone who could be spared outside.
Rally at Noon
The announcements said noon, but this is New York. 12:10 was the real time for the salute to Coler.
Judith Berdy represented Roosevelt Island residents who’ve devoted countless volunteer hours and donations for Coler.
Berdy isn’t just the local historian but one of our most active volunteers. She may also be the community’s most vocal cheerleader.
A surprise, healthcare workers expected to be frazzled from overwork and emotional overload were instead upbeat and welcoming.
The Salute To Coler Hospital and RIMC
At 12:10, sirens blaring, the salute from FDNY, NYPD, EMS and RIOC PSD rolled down Main Street, curling into Coler’s Main entrance drive.
An unforgettable, touching moment. heroes saluting heroes, challenging a brutal illness, honoring lifesaving work.
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