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Suspect slashes tires of New York hospital workers fighting coronavirus pandemic

Thursday night, emergency responders from the lower Hudson Valley region turned out en masse at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Cordlandt Manor to honor those at the hospital who have been working ceaseless for weeks to treat patients with the coronavirus.

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Our hearts are full and we couldn’t be more thankful for the support tonight from several police, fire and EMS departments in Westchester and Putnam counties, as they recognized our #NYPHeroes on the front lines of #COVID19. #ClapBecauseWeCare

Posted by NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital on Thursday, April 9, 2020

 

And on Friday morning, when those same exhausted hospital workers headed out to their cars to head home, 22 of them found the tires on their vehicles slashed, WPDH reported.

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New York State Police and the Peekskill Police department found a suspect, identified as 29-year-old Daniel Hall, and charged him with criminal mischief, auto-stripping, and possession of a controlled substance. And the hospital said it would pay for all repairs.

“We were shocked to hear of this incident, especially at this time when our employees are working tirelessly and courageously through this crisis,” the hospital said in a statement emailed to lohud.com.

“What our hospital is focusing on today is the beautiful tribute given by our first responders last night,” the hospital said.

Hall is being held at the Westchester County Jail on $1,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. He is expected in court mid-May.

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[Featured image: Westchester County Police Department]