Members of the Burlington Rural Fire Department will pay tribute to Trinity Health’s frontline workers with an afternoon parade on New Year’s Eve.
EMT Captain and Firefighter Michael Bossie says the parade, comprised of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, will stage along 3rd Street SW, behind McDonalds restaurant off Broadway, and proceed through the heart of Minot along Burdick Expressway, past Trinity Hospital and Trinity Hospital – St. Joseph’s. From there, the procession will travel up 3rd Street NE to pay tribute to workers at Trinity Homes.
“I’ve been a firefighter and EMT for over 20 years,” Bossie said. “Even though I am a volunteer, I have seen the heartache that COVID-19 has caused. I feel that frontline healthcare workers haven’t received the recognition they deserve for working in this hectic environment. The least we can do is show our appreciation.”
Bossie, who is organizing the event, says the plan is to include as many emergency vehicles as possible in the parade, which will be a “lights-only” convoy – no sirens.
He noted he has a sister who works as Director of Nursing Services at a Minnesota acute care facility, and he has several other family members in nursing as well as friends in the local community who are first responders. “They have talked about the tragic effects of COVID-19 and how it affects them,” he added.