EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The coronavirus pandemic has many feeling down and searching for positive stories throughout their community.

During nurses appreciation week, first responders at the Evansville Police and Fire departments worked with Eyewitness News to say thank you in a very special way to healthcare workers everywhere.

Not every hero is behind a badge or hopping into a fire trucks. Many heroes these days are behind a mask doing their best to care for patients while also hoping to not catch the coronavirus.

Sergeant Nick Winsett with the Evansville Police Department says when they first started this project, he was concerned they were not going to be able to do it because of the logistics.

But, vehicle by vehicle, the cars and trucks went to their spots, ignoring the parking lines on the pavement to show support for those on the front-line.

Sergeant Winsett said the process was made easier and done faster thanks to their drone. By using it, they see it coming together from above, making the heart’s shape even more precise.

Fire Division Chief Mike Larson says many of the fire fighters were confused at first as to what they were being asked to do. However, once it was explained it to them, everyone was on board.

As the last EPD car drove into place, what was a puzzle was complete. Many departments came together to design a symbol of hope and love for all the medical personnel working to end this pandemic.

In all, it took 18 police cars and 4 fire trucks to make the heart and about one hour to piece it all together.

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(This story was originally published on May 8, 2020)