GENEVA — Geneva residents could hear horns honking throughout the city on Monday afternoon as a caravan of more than a dozen cars drove throughout the city honoring first responders.
The group gathered in the parking lot of Geneva United Methodist Church at 1:30 to decorate their cars and prepare for the procession from the church, to UH Geneva Medical Center, Northeast Ambulance District headquarters and the Geneva Police Department.
“I was just sitting at home as we all are during these days and I thought there must be something more we can do,” said Wendy Brennan, chairwoman of the church’s mission committee. Organizers said they talked to some of the first responders in the church and asked what they might need.
So in addition to a drive-by thank you, they stopped to bring nutritious snacks, water and smoothies to the emergency service personnel. The participants ranged in age from 13 to retired people looking to make a difference in their community.
“I think it is great. We are one community,” said physical therapist Edward Wasman, who waited for the procession to arrive with more than a dozen fellow employees.
Many of the employees videotaped the procession with cell phones.
“It is nice to be supported by our community,” said Linda Atzemis, also a physical therapist at the hospital.
At the NAD headquarters Geneva UMC Pastor Rev. Randy May gave a simple greeting while delivering the supplies.
“Thank you on behalf of Geneva UMC,” he said.
Scott and Ruth Bogue carried some of the supplies to the entrance to the building.
“We show our love and support for the first responders in our community,” said Ruth Bogue before driving to the next stop.