MUSKEGON, Mich. — Usually police lights mean something awful has happened. Instead, lights from dozens of cruisers and fire trucks were a sign of gratitude and thankfulness.
At the Mercy Health Hackley campus in Muskegon, state troopers, deputies, police officers, firefighters and emergency responders gathered together in the evening. At around 6:45pm, the group put on the lights on their vehicles to show support for healthcare workers on the frontlines.
"We wanted to show them that we appreciate them, that we care about them, that we understand what we are going through," said Captain Shane Brown with the Muskegon County Sheriff's Office. "We wanted to give him that salute, say thank you for showing up everyday and taking care of the people that need you."
About 40 people showed their support from multiple agencies. The group kept their lights on for more than 30 minutes.
"In law enforcement, we are on the frontline every single day," said Cpt. Brown. "But our healthcare professionals aren’t always on the frontline of such a crisis. So we wanted to get out here and say we understand. We want to support you. Because we appreciate it when they support us."
A deputy from the sheriff's office came up with the idea on Tuesday and made calls to surrounding agencies to make it happen. Another group also gathered outside of the Mercy Health campus in Muskegon.