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First responders across western New York to thank health care workers with hospital procession

Posted at 4:01 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 23:37:43-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Several local tow truck companies are working together in hopes of lightening the spirits of health care workers in Buffalo and beyond.

Joseph Asciutto with Rusiniak’s Towing, and Al Montgomery with Montgomery Towing are organizing something called “Light Up the Night Buffalo.”

The idea, which is being done in other parts of the country, allows first responders to say “thank you” to the healthcare workers in a way only they can: using emergency vehicles that will drive by each hospital.

“It’s a way to show our appreciation to the health care workers on the front lines,” Asciutto said.

The local initiative takes place Friday, April 24. It will begin at the Walden Galleria Macy’s parking lot. Tow and fire trucks, police cars and ambulances will line up before parading to each of the area hospitals.

Anthony Zaccaria is a tow truck driver for Empire Towing. The 25-year-old from West Seneca is one of four from his company to participate.
“I just want to show some appreciation for the people who deserve it. And, I want to brighten the day for the people who are dealing with the situation as well,” he said.

Drivers are gathering at 6 P.M. The procession isn't expected to begin until closer to 7 or 7:30 P.M. The route is still being worked out. But, here’s the list of hospitals in the anticipated order of visits:

Saint Joesph’s
Sisters Hospital
ECMC
Oishei Children’s Hospital
Millard-Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital
Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center

The procession is limited to first responders and tow trucks. If you'd like to get involved, contact Asciutto at 474-3012.

Organizers are asking everyone involved, including spectators to abide by social distancing guidelines.