NYPD officers applaud doctors, nurses who battled coronavirus as they leave NYC

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NYPD officers lined the streets and applauded Wednesday as hundreds of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who traveled from out of state to treat the city’s coronavirus patients left for their final shifts before going home.

The front-line workers filed out of the Park Central Hotel in Midtown just after 6 a.m., as mask-wearing members of New York’s Finest stood on both sides of the sidewalk and clapped, saying, “Thank you!”

“Somebody reached out to me and asked if they could get a send-off, and I said we certainly could and I thought it was the right thing to do,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on 1010 WINS. “So many people across the country have reached out to us and helped us, so it was a nice way to send them back home.”

The medical professionals then boarded waiting charter buses, which were escorted by the NYPD Highway Unit.