FRANKFORD — Having seen such a positive response to the birthday parades organized over the last month, the Frankford Township Fire Department is extending its list of honorees to include residents on the front line of the novel coronavirus pandemic next weekend.


The department is seeking Frankford doctors, nurses and other health care workers to be part of the Recognition Parade scheduled for Saturday, May 9. Residents are encouraged to request themselves or a friend or family member be part of the parade route, which will begin at the new firehouse on Route 206 at 1 p.m.


Those interested in participating are asked to send an email to ftfd36@hotmail.com, with a subject line of “Healthcare Parade” of “Birthday Parade,” by Thursday in order for the route to be set up in time.


In addition to health care workers, children up to 12 years old celebrating birthdays will continue to be honored by Frankford firefighters like they have been every Saturday since April 4. The department is one of several throughout Sussex County that have organized the socially distant celebrations, holding weekly parades for residents with birthdays throughout the pandemic.


Mike Fox, president of the Frankford Fire Department, estimated that the group has visited the homes of about 25 to 30 children during parades the past few weeks. He noted that while the kids are the focal point of the celebrations, the department members also appreciate the opportunity to do their part in lightening the spirits of residents.


“Really, it’s just to show our support,” Fox said. “Our town and our residents have always been very supportive of us, so (the parades are) just to give back.”