Parades of first responders have become a common way to celebrate the good things in life in the age of the coronavirus. 

But the police and fire departments in Wilmington have decided to stop taking part for a while, a decision some communities have started to make around Massachusetts. It was fun to do when it was slow, but things are returning to normal in Wilmington.

“It’s a great thing to do for the community. It’s just not really our focus of what our job mission is, especially in this case, to get out there and enforce traffic laws,” Wilmington police Chief Joseph Desmond said.

In some cases, police officers and firefighters have been attending two to three parades a day. In all, they’ve probably

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