Dozens of New York City police officers, led by Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and Lieutenants Benevolent Association (LBA) officials, turned out at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens this morning to deliver food and moral support to the nurses, doctors and hospital staff who are putting themselves at risk and working around the clock to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said:
“We are all family on the front lines. Cops, nurses, doctors and hospital staff have a long-standing bond – we know each other and work together 365 days a year. That bond has only grown stronger over the past several weeks. This is our small way of showing our Jamaica Hospital sisters and brothers that we haven’t forgotten the professionalism and support they show us every time we walk through their doors. It also shows regular New Yorkers that their emergency personnel are united in responding to this crisis. Our uniforms may be different, but our mission is the same.”
LBA President Lou Turco said:
“Jamaica Hospital’s staff have always been there for New York City police officers, from working heroically to save the life of an injured cop, to offering a kind word and a cup of coffee. Now that they’re at the epicenter of this pandemic, working long hours with little rest, it’s our turn to show them the same support.”
The PBA and LBA worked with Panico’s Community Market in Smithtown, LI — long-time supporters of veterans and first responders — to prepare and deliver more than 300 freshly-made sandwiches and other food items to Jamaica Hospital’s nursing department, for distribution to on-duty hospital staff.