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"It was a great morale boost": Local frontline workers enjoy fighter jet flyover

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Posted at 5:36 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 23:00:45-04

You may have seen fighter jets fly over the Central Coast on Wednesday.

Four fighter jets with the California Air National Guard paid tribute to health care workers and first responders.

"It was a great morale boost knowing that the community is behind us and they've been incredibly supportive with drive-bys and honkings," said Sam Sams, Twin Cities Community Hospital Emergency Room Nurse.

"It's heart warming and it's a great thing to see," said Danny Sackett, Twin Cities Community Hospital Emergency Room Technician. "Plus, everybody loves a good fly-by, right?"

Community members cheered, snapped photos, and captured videos of the F-15C Eagle Jets.

"I just got chills and had to hoot," said Michaels Ens of Atascadero.

San Luis Obispo City firefighters and other front line workers in their scrubs and masks watched from Twin Cities Community Hospital and Marian Regional Medical Center.

"It was super amazing!," said Stephanie Vega, Marian Regional Medical Center Assistant Nurse Manager. "I haven't ever seen such a tight formation so it was awesome."

The pilots with the 144th Fighter Wing took off from Fresno at 10 a.m. The flight path included Sacramento, the Bay Area, and of course, Paso Robles, Templeton, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.

It was a special tribute that did not go unnoticed to those putting their lives on the line to help others during this uncertain time.

"We're taking care of them to the best of our abilities and hope that they'll get through this and a lot of them have gotten through this," said Patrice Feci, Marian Regional Medical Center Registered Nurse.

The flyover originally included Southern California but the schedule was changed because the Thunderbirds will be in that area on Friday.