PHOTO #1: A Victoria Fire Department fire truck leads a parade of vehicles past the Retama Manor South nursing center. As Victoria residents practice physical distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Victoria Fire Department is showing its support by participating in parades and drive-by events, including a neighborhood parade and a child’s birthday party. Fire Chief Tracy Fox said the parades allow the fire department to safely connect with residents during a time when the fire department isn’t hosting station tours or truck shows. Fox said the fire department may not be able to respond to every request it receives, but the reduced call volume under the “Stay Home – Stay Safe” orders gave firefighters and Victoria Police Department officers more time to participate in these events. To schedule a parade or drive-by, call 361-485-3450.
PHOTO #2: Vehicles line up in the parking lot of Retama Manor South during a parade hosted by the Victoria Fire Department. Vehicles drove past the nursing center and through the parking lot to greet residents at a safe distance.
PHOTO #3: Residents of Retama Manor South line up along the sidewalk outside the nursing center to watch a parade hosted by the Victoria Fire Department. Friends and family members who have been unable to visit residents due to public health concerns drove past to show their love and support.
PHOTO #4: Vehicles display signs supporting residents of Retama Manor South during a parade hosted by the Victoria Fire Department.
PHOTO #5: A Victoria Police Department vehicle brings up the rear of a parade hosted by the Victoria Fire Department at Retama Manor South.