The sounds of sirens filled the air outside a New York nursing home recently — in celebration of the facility releasing its first coronavirus patient back home. 

Several first-responder agencies used a “sound off” to pay tribute to the patient, James Tully, and healthcare workers at the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park, NY, Friday evening. Earlier that day, Tully was cleared by doctors to return to his home in Bayside, NY. 

The tribute is one of numerous appreciative gestures providers have seen in various parts of the country recently. It came as Parker workers were leaving their shifts that evening. It featured members from the FDNY Engine 251, NYPD 105 Precinct and MTA Police, along with several other fire, police and EMS agencies. 

“We are especially grateful for our healthcare workers who show professionalism and

empathy as they tend to our residents and patients, a very vulnerable population,” said

Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker’s president and CEO.  

“Of course, we applaud our first responders — the members of our fire, police and EMS departments — who stand with us as partners in the fight against this global pandemic,” he added.