Video: Free delivery, with all the bells and whistles: First responders, parade organizers bring PPE, meals to Morristown hospital heroes

Flag flies from car in a caravan that delivered meals and PPE to Morristown Medical Center, May 7, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


The caravans continue.

Morristown’s ghostly silence was shattered on Thursday evening by screeching sirens and blaring horns, as tumbleweeds gave way to fire trucks and all manner of flag-bearing vehicles.

They roared up South Street and looped the historic Green en route to Morristown Medical Center, where they dropped off 100 meals from the Stirling Tavern and 600 face shields during National Nurses Week.

Video: Parade for Heroes


Truck bears sign singing the praises of nurses at Morristown Medical Center, May 7, 2020. Photo by Rebecca Feldman

Organizers of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade launched this meals-on-shiny-wheels project last month, announcing a $5,000 donation to buy 1,000 meals from local restaurants for hospital staffers on the front lines of the pandemic.

Morristown first responders were joined on Thursday by fire trucks and ambulances from all over. We noticed Parsippany, Cedar Knolls and Rockaway among the participants.

In all, some 175 vehicles may have taken part, estimated Mike Leavy of the parade committee.

The Rory O’Moore School of Pipes and Drums provided a soundtrack on the Green. Onlookers appeared mesmerized by the sight of live music.


Nurses get some hard-earned praise in Morristown during National Nurses Week, May 7, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Medical Center workers greet first responders, May 7, 2020. Photo courtesy of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
PBA members from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office behind Morristown town hall, prior to first responders’ parade honoring hospital nurses, May 7, 2020. Photo courtesy of Morris Prosecutor’s Office.

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