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Dozens of drivers show their support to healthcare workers outside Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital

'These are our heroes out here. These are the real heroes.'
Posted at 11:50 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 08:39:09-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.  — There are not enough words to say how much nurses, doctors and healthcare workers are appreciated for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

So instead, dozens of people in Port St. Lucie wanted to show them how much they're appreciated.

At least 50 vehicles lined up outside Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital on Wednesday night. Among those who showed up were some current and former healthcare workers.

They drove in front of the hospital, honking their horns and flashing their lights. Some employees came outside to wave at the caravan.

"I hope they feel good," Ursula Aguila said.

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"I used to be a nurse. I know what they're going through. I know what a typical ER night was. So, I can imagine the extra stress," Glenda Derry said. "And just this little thing to know, 'Hey, we know you're in there. We're out here supporting you."

Hope Estrada is a private nurse. The caravan was personal for her.

"These are our heroes out here," Estrada said. "These are the real heroes."

Estrada said her children are in the military, "so it really hits home."

"So, whatever I can do to support our heroes -- not the superstars, not the football players -- our real heroes -- the doctors, the nurses, the certified nursing assistants, the sanitation workers that are in here," she said. "Every day they come here. Every day they're putting their life and their family's life at risk. So, I applaud them."