More than 100 vehicles paraded through Akron on Sunday afternoon to thank hospital workers on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19.
The line of fire engines, classic cars and even a batmobile set off from Lot 70 on South Summit Street about 1:30 p.m. and made its way past each of Akron’s three major hospitals: Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Summa Akron City Hospital and Akron Children’s Hospital.
The parade was organized by John Deutchman, a retired firefighter from Lowell, Massachusetts, now living in Alliance.
Deutchman said he and other members of classic car clubs were itching to get out and drive and wanted to do something to celebrate local health workers.
Word of the parade spread quickly, Deutchman said, with drivers from the north in Cleveland and south near Canton eager to participate as well. Before the parade started Sunday, he said he was expecting 150 vehicles, with police and fire vehicles taking the lead.
Considering everything hospital workers are going through, Deutchman said, organizing the parade was the least he could do.
“What I did was a very small thing,” he said. “It’s the hospital staff doing the really big thing.”
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