Area crews honor Upstate nurses headed to NYC

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Around 8:00 this morning, a caravan of 12 vehicles began a trip carrying 25 nurses from Upstate Medical Center to their eventual destination at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

The special escort began at the hospital and continued along Interstate 81 led by the Upstate Hospital Police and other Onondaga County law enforcement agencies to the County line, where Cortland Sheriff’s Deputies picked it up and guided it through the county helped by Officers from the Homer Police and Cortland Police Departments.

Showing support as the brave nurses passed by were multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS personnel at various locations throughout the county, including at the Homer exit (Exit 12).

That’s where other officers from the Homer Police Department and SUNY Cortland University Police were gathered,  joined by crews from the Homer, Cortland and Cortlandville Fire Departments and medical personnel from TLC Ambulance.

“We appreciate not only these nurses, who volunteered to leave their families to go help people in need, but all the health professionals for their courage during these times,” said Homer Police Chief Bob Pitman.

The Upstate nurses are now headed to Long Island to work at a temporarily built 1000-bed hospital on the football field at Stony Brook University, which was created out of emergency need under direction by Gov. Cuomo.

New York City and Long Island currently have the highest COVID-19 infection rates in the entire country.

Media below courtesy of Homer Police Chief Bob Pitman:

(Original story posted 7:09 am)

This morning, several Cortland-area police agencies will participate in a special procession to escort 25 Upstate Hospital nurses volunteering to join those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.

That comes a day after two buses full of Cayuga Health personnel traveled down yesterday for a special assignment at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

The Upstate nurses are scheduled to leave around 8:00 this morning and are headed to Long Island to work at a 1000-bed hospital built on the Stony Brook University football field.

Agencies assisting in the escort along Route 81 include the city of Cortland and village of Homer Police Departments, along with the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

Stay tuned for more, including photos.

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