A Firefighter in Rio Is Playing His Trumpet From 150 Feet Above the City for Residents in Lockdown
A firefighter in Rio de Janeiro is serenading residents stuck indoors from the top of his ladder, 150 feet above the city, for a little relief while Brazil grapples with the coronavirus.
“Everyone is suffering [from] the pandemic and I’m trying to boost the morale of Rio’s population, so all this difficulty is lessened in these times we’re going through,” Elielson Silva told The Associated Press. “Bringing a bit of music, a bit of air, to these people has meant a lot to me as a musician and to the corps.”
Silva — who has been a firefighter for 18 years — has been climbing onto his firetruck’s ladder and playing his trumpet throughout the city. He’s played at heights of up to 200 feet in places like Copacabana beach and the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. The truck has driven to working-class neighborhoods like Rochinha and Jacarepagua, where he has serenaded locals stuck inside.
Currently there are over 14,000 cases of COVID-19 in Brazil and 700 people have died according to Johns Hopkins University's real-time data.
Wearing his full firefighter uniform, Silva trumpeted out tunes dedicated to Rio, like “Watercolor of Brazil,” “Samba of the Plane” and “Hallelujah,” and Brazil’s national anthem.
Residents have come out onto the balconies of their apartments to cheer and applaud his performances. When Silva finishes a song, he makes sure to ask the audience to extend their applause to first responders working in coronavirus relief efforts.
Rio’s firefighters are helping in coronavirus relief efforts in a variety ways since the governor implemented restrictive social measures, urging people to stay inside. They’ve been patrolling the beaches and talking to people about the necessity of staying quarantined while the virus spreads.
Around the world, people have stepped up to perform small acts of good in a time of social distancing and isolation. A man in Detroit has been paying for free gas for nurses, a judge in New York City performed sidewalk weddings when the marriage bureau closed and even Uber Eats has waived delivery fees for independent restaurants.
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