Surprise brings smiles to kids at the Golisano Children's Hospital

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    ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM) - Children at the Golisano Children's Hospital received a visit Wednesday night from a unique group of people.

    Dozens of first responders took the time to come together to show them their support .

    "Look at that Michael! That is so cool," said people in a crowd of children.

    By looking below from inside of the hospital, children encountered a friendly wave hello from below.

    "I had no idea it was going to be so many," said Tyler Gardner, who is staying at the hospital.

    The street below was decked with lights coming from the cars of first responders.

    "Just to let the kids know we are here to support them," said Lt. Richard Waldo, from the Rochester Police Department.

    The act of kindness helped to bring smiles to the children's faces.

    "It almost felt like a gift for us to be able to witness something like this," said Samantha Gardner, Tyler's mom.

    The gesture is an idea Rochester Police Officers wanted to bring to our area after seeing it done in other cities.

    "They are going to shine their lights down at us and when they do, it's our signal to turn out lights on," said Lt. Waldo.

    Dozens of first responders lined the street and turn their lights on to let the children know there's someone thinking of them during their stay.

    Tyler Gardner has been in the hospital since Sunday. Her mom says moments like these help her get through the day.

    "I wanted to see how it was going to turn out," Tyler said.

    Rochester Police said they hope this gesture turns into a yearly tradition especially during the holidays when staying at the hospital can be tough.

    "It will be a memory we will cherish for many years to come," said Tyler's mom.

    "Thank you; that was really cool," Tyler said.

    Officers plan to line the streets every Wednesday this month to recreate the same event. They will then wrap up by having a party with the kids inside later this month.

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