Oregon National Guard pays tribute to health care workers in Ontario

Posted at 3:55 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 17:26:34-04

ONTARIO, Oregon — Operation American Resolve is the Oregon National Guard's way of saying thank you to healthcare workers all over the state who were saluted with flyovers.

On Friday, the hospital staff at St. Alphonsus in Ontario was treated to a flyover by a pair of F-15 jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing out of Klamath Falls.

"It was amazing, it was awesome, it just takes your breath away and makes you feel patriotic," said Brenda Davies, who is part of the administrative staff at St. Al's.

COVID-19 hasn't overwhelmed the hospital in Ontario, so far, Malheur County has 13 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but that staff at St. Al's were prepared from the beginning of the pandemic.

"St. Alphonsus has been on the leading edge of being prepared for a pandemic, said Ontario Mayor Riley Hill. "So far we haven't had any hospitalizations, we are very thankful for that."

The health care workers tell us they are just doing their jobs, but they enjoyed being honored at the same time.

It was exciting, it was a great little thing for Ontario to be honored by the military," said St. Al's nurse Shelli Scrivner. "It is nice to be recognized, but it's what we do every day, it's what we love to do every day,"