First responders parade at Nithview Community

An evening parade of first responders’ vehicles drove by Nithview Community in New Hamburg on a rainy Thursday, April 30.

An evening parade of first responders’ vehicles drove by Nithview Community in New Hamburg on a rainy Thursday, April 30, starting at Victoria St. before heading towards Boullee St.

Paramedic crews led the group, followed by members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, Wilmot Fire Department, and Wilmot Heritage Fire Brigades.

Tri-County Mennonite Homes’ Chief Executive Officer Steven Harrison came up with the idea to cheer up residents, as they’ve been confined to their homes for several weeks. “I was stopped by one who said they were getting a bit stir crazy. It’s tough, (but) I’m certain that no matter how old you are, flashing lights, sirens, horns, and a parade of vehicles lifts pretty much everyone’s spirits.”

“We’re the only long-term care and retirement home in Wilmot, and it seemed fitting to recognize everyone who is working to support and maintain the well-bring of our community of seniors. This is as much a show of strength for ourselves at TCMH as it is a recognition of the tremendous value our first responders play in our well-being and safety.”

Harrison said residents wanted to show their appreciation to the first responders. “You are part of our first line of defense every day, not just in tough times like a pandemic. Through all of this, you are the folks we all look to for support. Thank you for that. We are stronger together, and we could not do what we do without you.”