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‘We’ve got their back’: Law officers show support for NGMC medical professionals
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A group of Northeast Georgia Medical Center staff wave as a line of Gainesville Police officers, Hall County Sheriff's Office deputies and Georgia State Patrolmen enter the parking lot of the hospital Thursday, April 23, 2020, to spread appreciation and cheer to hospital staff. - photo by Scott Rogers

Law enforcement responded en masse to Northeast Georgia Medical Center Thursday, April 23, for a different kind of medical call.

Officers of all stripes — representing the departments in Gainesville, Oakwood, Flowery Branch as well as the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia State Patrol — circled the hospital in a show of support.

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Greg Cochran said it was law enforcement’s way to “show some appreciation to what our medical professionals are doing.

“I truly think sometimes they’re underrecognized. Sometimes they get forgotten, and we wanted to make sure that they knew that we appreciated them,” Cochran said.

Officers put on their lights but held off on sirens to not startle anybody.

The parade of officers came in off of Downey Boulevard, circling the entire Northeast Georgia Medical Center before exiting on Spring Street.

“We are very appreciative of the support from our local law enforcement, which means so much to our employees. Officers and deputies often play a critical role in health care in our community, so the respect and admiration goes both ways,” said Michael Covert, Northeast Georgia Health System’s chief operating officer. “This is a difficult time for our region, but banding together like this makes it a little easier for us all.”

People from the North Tower came out to wave. Officers waved back and shouted their appreciation.

“It was a good feeling. It was a good thing just to let them know we’ve got their back just like they have ours,” Cochran said.

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